In the English department we aspire to engage young minds through the power of literature. We believe in collaborative learning, where girls work together in groups in a relaxed, open-classroom atmosphere. We set high expectations and value creativity and self-discipline.
Highly qualified and experienced staff ensure that our A-level results remain outstanding, and, as our courses are well-regarded by universities, they are always a popular choice with students. Students are introduced to a range of canonical literature in small teaching groups and are given the opportunity to hone their essay writing skills, both in class and for the school magazine, which is written, compiled and edited by Sixth Form students. We are keen to encourage further reading and scrutiny beyond the syllabus and girls are invited to join our Sixth Form reading group.
We strongly believe in learning outside of the classroom and offer a range of exciting opportunities for students to see English in action in the wider world.
We run a huge range of theatre trips alongside year group visits to such places as the Imperial War Museum, local universities, and the BBC. In 2016, the English and Drama department visited New York for the first time where we took part in a ‘Les Miserables’ workshop on Broadway. Annually, we take a group of students to the National Writing Centre in Ty Newydd, Wales, for a creative writing residential and Sixth Form Literature students enjoy a short break to Stratford to see the season’s plays and a workshop with the RSC.
We also offer a full range of linguistic and literary extra-curricular activities for all ages and tastes; from creative writing and poetry to film and debate.