The English Dept aims to promote and foster a love of literature that ranges from the traditional classics to modern contemporary authors, poets and playwrights.
The focus of English in the lower school is firmly rooted in literacy skills, handwriting and supporting growth in oral work and developing self-confidence. As students progress through the school they are introduced to a variety of media and non-fiction texts, Shakespeare and the classic novels with a strong awareness of what is required at CE and Scholarship level.
Students engage with comprehension, poetry analysis and creative responses in a variety of forms. At Scholarship level, students are taught to deconstruct high level literature and are able to practically criticise all forms of text as they prepare for their respective school papers. Scholars enjoy discussing and analysing complex literature and drawing inferences which allows them to view text from many angles, exploring theme, tone, style and purpose.
The department hosts a Poetry Declamation competition in the Easter Term and runs regular trips to relevant theatre productions, such as Warhorse in London or Private Peaceful at the Hawth Theatre.
Ian Mitchell-Innes, Head of English