We follow the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus: girls take qualifications in both English Language and English Literature. The syllabus in both subjects is rigorous: challenging but enjoyable. Both GCSEs are assessed by coursework and examination, with the emphasis being more on coursework in Language and examination in Literature.
The current Literature examination texts are Mansfield Park, A View from the Bridge and a selection from an excellent poetry anthology. Other texts depend on the teacher’s assessment of the class’s needs but will include a Shakespeare play and a novel such as The Great Gatsby. Recent texts have included the poetry of Christina Rossetti and Enduring Love, Ian McEwan’s modern classic.
Language assessment includes the opportunity to write for a range of audiences and purposes, including creative writing. The examination assesses analytical reading skills and is demanding. We benefit, however, from having an experienced examiner in the department.