English is central to the curriculum and the medium of speech and thought. English is core up to GCSE and hugely important beyond that. Whether interpreting literary works, analysing non-fiction texts or producing their own pieces of writing, students of English engage with, and develop, a range of skills of benefit to academic work and life in general.
The Key Stage 3 course is focused on building these skills and preparing for external examinations: novels, plays, poems and articles are explored. For GCSE, pupils work towards qualifications in both English Language and English Literature. They study a number of texts, including a play by Shakespeare, a nineteenth century novel and a selection of poetry. They answer comprehension questions on a range of material (both literary and media-based) as well as produce their own writing.
By the end of the course, pupils are equipped to work independently, think critically and express themselves in a style appropriate to whichever audience they happen to be targeting.