What we do

‘For me, English is a way of expressing myself; it gives me freedom to be creative.  The literature we study in lessons allows you to escape from everyday routine – whether it’s to a Victorian graveyard, a ranch in California or a Shakespearean castle.  English certainly is a subject where your imagination is just as valuable as your vocabulary’  

Pippy, UVth Form (Year 13)  

In English, we create an environment in which ideas can be shared, success can be celebrated and in which our girls’ passion for literature can bloom.  Consequently, our students are enthusiastic about the subject and achieve outstanding results.

‘I thoroughly enjoy all of my English lessons, as they allow everyone to have an opinion of the story, poem or play we are studying’ 

Lucy, LIVth Form (Year 12)

We teach with conviction, engaging the girls’ imaginations, refining their appreciation of ideas and enriching their writing.  We promote the reading of good quality texts in both in lessons and through independent reading schemes, including our numerous book clubs.  Girls become confident public speakers through their participation in the English Speaking Board examinations, for which results are excellent, and the Debating Club.

The Department prides itself on organising regular trips to enrich students’ appreciation of English.  This year, girls have enjoyed productions of Hamlet, Frankenstein, An Ideal Husband, Romeo and Juliet and The Rivals, as well as trips to The Globe Theatre, the British Library, Keats House and Senate House (University of London Library).  Each year, the girls enjoy a visit from a celebrated poet on National Poetry Day; this year, we welcomed Roger McGough.  We have sent successful teams to national debating and spelling competitions.  Undoubtedly, girls benefit from a wealth of enrichment activities at Queen’s Gate.

The Curriculum

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Reading Lists

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IVth Form Reading List

Vth Form Reading List

Sixth Form Reading List