English, Language & Literature (GCSE/A Level)

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In the English subject students experience the richness and variety of the written and spoken word, its concepts and contexts; the exploration of the human condition and the empathy with lives distant from their own; the ability to be transported to other worlds; the lively debate and exchange of opinion in discussion and the growth of their own creativity.

Learning Journey

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Enrichment Activities


Public Speaking and Debating (weekly, with out of school workshops and competitions).

Reading groups run by the LRC

One-to-one reading and literacy support.

Book Week (including Readathon, Shakespeare performances, Dress Up Day and many more).

Storytellers’ Club


A wide range of opportunities are made available to students - from public speaking and debating competitions and clubs to the LAMDA examinations to creative writing. The whole year group is also treated to performances on key texts, as the opportunity arises.


Recommended Reading List


  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by R L Stevenson

  • The Time Machine by H G Wells

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  • Atonement by Ian McEwan

  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare

  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

  • Performances - Shakespeare at the Globe

  • Poem for the Day (ed Wendy Cope)

  • Poetry Foundation