From their very first English lesson in Year 7, our pupils enjoy innovative teaching that is inspirational, compelling and fun. They are engaged and interested as they begin their journeys of self-discovery and academic excellence. We aim to develop confident, resilient learners who are ambitious and can be proud of their abilities, potential and achievements.
Students are introduced to a range of text types, and taught to write in a variety of registers and styles. They quickly become used to writing formally (letters), informally (diary entries), analytically (essays on their set texts or inspired by themes within them) and creatively within a framework provided by the English Schemes of Work and, by the end of Year 9, students have been well prepared to meet the challenges of GCSE examinations. These Schemes of Work are frequently supported by visits from published authors and theatre groups, as well as visits to the theatre, the riverside and a range of other locations. Our reading lists carefully complement each scheme of work, supporting and extending your daughter’s learning.
A varied range of extra-curricular provision is a feature of the Department’s programme. Visits from authors and others are often timed to coincide with local and national events to enthuse the students, and providing them with opportunities to understand and emulate the craft of real world writers e.g. Gillian Clarke (the national poet for Wales) and Matt Dickinson (a published author of crossover fiction). Theatre trips feature frequently and pupils enjoy performances of studied texts in the West End, and trips to The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond and the Globe Theatre. Pupils enter a range of national writing competitions, and contribute to our school newspaper, giving a ‘real world’ context to their craft.