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Promoting intellectual curiosity and a love of literature


Every pupil studies iGCSE English and English Literature. Subjects covered include Drama Study; Personal Writing: Fiction and Non-Fiction; Shakespeare; Poetry; Media Response and Prose Study; Responding to Unseen Passages and Speaking and Listening. This course is robust and varied, allowing students time to develop their skills before the main exams are sat at the end of year 11. An element of coursework is also undertaken where both reading, writing and analytical skills are assessed.

A Level

English Literature

Through the OCR Syllabus, students encounter a contemporary drama and conduct a close analysis of language, structure and form. They also compare poetry and prose for an extended essay. Their exam requires them to respond to named texts and consider context and critical responses. At A Level, we study Poetry and Drama pre-1900; Prose post-1914 coursework and a Synoptic paper, e.g. the Victorian Novel, Romanticism or 20th Century American Prose.
 This year we have enjoyed studying The Great Gatsby, Rossetti, Hamlet and A Streetcar Named Desire. At A Level, we will go on to read A Farewell to Arms, some Ibsen and a variety of texts individually chosen for the Non Examined Assesment extended essay.

Pre U Literature in English

The Cambridge Pre U is a two year course which enables students to encounter a broad range of texts. We begin with Beowulf and work our way through to the present day. Along the way we explore form, structure, language and context whilst tracing influences on modern texts back through the centuries. Discussing philosophical and cultural development is also a vital part of the process. The aim is to equip students with the skills required to make a success of their subsequent studies at university, involving not only a solid grounding in the subject but also the ability to undertake independent and self-directed learning and to think laterally, critically and creatively. Students are examined on their study of drama, poetry and prose and sit a critical analysis paper of unseen work. They also undertake a Personal Investigation which is externally marked.


The English department is a vibrant and exciting place to learn. Our aims are to enable each pupil to fulfil his or her potential in comprehension and expression, both oral and written; to promote intellectual curiosity and a love of literature and reading; to encourage a critical awareness of non-literary texts and the media and to promote the practice of reflection and self-expression. Our schemes of work are bespoke and altered according to the needs of each group. Individual spelling programmes are also provided and students are given booklets to aid grammar and punctuation. There are plenty of theatre and cinema trips and students get the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of competitions and publications.

We enjoy very positive relationships with the students that come to our lessons and have high expectations. We want students to be excited about their learning and to not only reflect on what they have experienced today but to think about what they want to know tomorrow. Our philosophy is very much based on the idea that 'Learning is for now' - and our exam results have always been of an excellent standard.

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Next Steps…

To arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions at the Senior School, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Carole Heritage on 01225 721 133

To arrange a visit, or any other enquiries at the Pre-Prep and Prep please contact Nicky Davis on 01225 831 238.

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