| The English Department
The English Department is a large and thriving one currently consisting
of the Head of Department, the assistant head of Department, five full time
subject specialists - one of whom has responsibility for Key Stage 3 and
two teachers who teach part time in the department.
The Department is housed in a suite of six classrooms with a Departmental
office and one stock room. Each room is fitted with a workstation and DVD
player. The Department is well-resourced with a variety of texts and audio-visual
equipment, and teachers may book the Library or the school's IT rooms for
class work. Four classrooms have interactive whiteboards, whilst the remaining
two both have ceiling mounted projectors and speakers.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 English is taught in forms. There is an element of setting
the school there is considerable enthusiasm for English generated by teaching
that aims to stimulate and challenge. Students consistently achieve high
levels of success in public examinations. The Key Stage 3 SATS are taken
in Year 8, which allows students to hone the skills required for GCSE during
Year 9. At GCSE the department has opted for the AQA (A) English and English
Literature syllabus. Large numbers of students choose English at A-level
electing to study either English Literature AQA (A) or the combined course
in Language and Literature (Edexcel).
Extra-curricular activities form an important part of the Department's work.
Curriculum opportunities include theatre visits, Debating Society, Key Stage
3 and 6th Form Book Groups, an annual Book Week and the production of the
The English Department now has a blog which can be followed
is a recent entry
Heroines and Feminists...
From a medieval damsel in distress to a contemporary figure of striking
independence, the woman has seen a marked transformation in literature.
Following International Women's Week, the Guardian has released a
podcast, debating the place of the woman in modern writing. 'Heroines
and Feminists' can be heard