Head of Department - Mr Alastair Doyle
The English Department through its teaching and ethos aims:
To encourage all pupils to develop to their individual potential the ability to speak, write and read Standard English fluently and accurately.
- To develop pupils' oral fluency, the ability to listen critically and sensitively and an understanding of how spoken English functions.
- To develop in pupils a love of reading and the ability to respond critically and sensitively to written and visual (media) texts.
- To develop effective writing skills so that pupils can express themselves precisely and fluently in a range of forms, communicating meaning and developing ideas effectively and controlling grammar and structure appropriately.
- To enable pupils to develop as individuals conscious of their motives and feelings and aware of those of others.
To encourage in pupils a lively interest in culture and The Arts.
To provide a supportive and disciplined environment conducive to learning.
To prepare pupils for the world of Further Education and work by guiding them to successful assessment at GCSE and A Level.
Lower School lessons largely shadow the National Curriculum with pupils learning the full range of English skills. Teachers however retain a good deal of freedom in terms of texts, topics and approaches. At iGCSE all boys are taught in mixed ability classes and follow the Edexcel iGCSE Syllabus both for English and for English Literature. At A Level students follow the OCR English Literature Specification, studying poetry, prose, Shakespeare and a range of modern texts.
The department has six dedicated teaching rooms, all of which have interactive whiteboards, integrated projection and sound facilities and internet access. A large stock of books, DVDs and shared teaching resources is readily available.
Outside the classroom Sixth Form students are catered for through weekly Literary Society meetings which are addressed on a wide range of issues by teachers, guest speakers and fellow students. Most A Level students participate in a programme of theatre visits. This year we will see productions of The Tempest, Timon of Athens, The Taming of the Shrew, The Changeling and Scenes from an Execution .