The English Department is driven by the belief that the teaching of English is of fundamental importance to the School and all students. We have the responsibility of providing students with the communication skills required to enable them to progress in all subjects across the curriculum and in higher education and beyond. We are also firm advocates of the study of language and literature as academic subjects in their own right; and we place immense value on the importance of creative response - to students’ own experiences and the experiences of others embodied in literature.

English is a compulsory subject at KS3 and KS4, with students taking two GCSEs at the end of Year 11: English Literature and English Language. Large numbers of students choose to continue their English studies at Sixth Form level, with the department offering AS and A Levels in English Literature and English Language and Literature. Each student is treated as an individual and supported as they seek to fulfil their academic potential.

We are also committed to the broader education of our students. We believe that the style of our teaching is student-centred, encouraging participation, structured around discussion. This together with the content of our curriculum maximises student engagement. We also play a part in the broader education of students by seeking to enrich beyond the formal curriculum.

The department is involved in a number of clubs and societies, including creative writing, drama clubs, book discussion and language-related clubs; we organise a range of trips to subject-related student conferences, the theatre and other cultural events; we invite students to get involved in the editing of The Fullerian; and we always seek to stimulate intellectual, cultural and aesthetic interests.

The department’s primary aims can be summarised as follows:

Teach students to express themselves effectively and with confidence in written and spoken English for a range of contexts and purposes

Encourage students to appreciate and understand a range of literature and to practise wide reading

Enable students to fulfil their academic potential

Develop personal and creative responses to texts and the experiences of being a secondary school student

Support students to develop the language skills which facilitate their learning across the curriculum.

Key Stage 3

The teaching of English at Key Stage 3 aims to develop proficient and confident communicators in written and spoken English and  to encourage personal and creative responses to texts and the experiences of being a Key Stage 3 student. in addition, the aim is to generate interest in literature and encourage the practice of wide reading and to prepare students for the commencement of GCSE courses in English Language and English Literature.

Year 7

Unit 1 Transition from KS2

Unit 2 Themes and Connections

Unit 3 Moving image

Unit 4 Creative and Imaginative Writing

Unit 5 English Language: individual and global

Unit 6 Writing to get things done

Unit 7 Drama & Interaction

Unit 8 Post-1914 reader

Unit 9 Literary collection (Poetry and Shakespeare study)

Unit 10 Grammar

Year 8

Unit 1 Reader post-1914

Unit 2 Poetry collection

Unit 3 English Language: past, present and future

Unit 4 Creative, imaginative writing

Unit 5 Writing to get things done

Unit 6 Drama and interaction

Unit 7 Media in print

Unit 8 Fiction pre-1914

Unit 9 Modern play

Unit 10 Grammar

Year 9

Unit 1 Set text Of Mice and Men

Unit 2 Radio project

Unit 3 Shakespeare and linked texts in performance

From the Spring term, Year 9 pupils study the following units in preparation for the GCSE curriculum::

GCSE Transition unit Writings skills

Independent Communication

Spoken Language

Study Set Text: Animal Farm

Key Stage 4

The teaching of English at Key Stage 4  aims to prepare students for assessment at GCSE English Language and English Literature and to produce confident, effective and flexible communicators in written and spoken English. In addition, the aim is to encourage personal and creative responses to texts and the experiences of being a Key Stage 4 student, generate interest in literature and encourage the practice of wide reading. Pupils study the following units:

A modern prose or drama text

An anthology of both modern and literary heritage poetry

Unseen poetry

Spoken Language Study

Creative writing skills

Reading unseen non-fiction

One Shakespeare play

Another literary heritage text

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Key Stage 5

We regularly have a large cohort of boys who take English Literature or English Language and Literature at AS and A level, for which we use the OCR exam board. Lessons encourage boys to think and argue independently, read widely and take stimulating and challenging interpretative positions. Students achieve excellent results in both, and in most years, 10 - 15 boys opt to read English or English-related courses at university.

English Literature

English Literature is the department’s most popular course offered at Key Stage 5 level, and many of our students go on to study the subject at university. The course gives students a chance to: • Study diverse texts ranging from work first published and performed from 1300 to post-1990. • Build on the close reading skills gained at GCSE level and use more advanced techniques to develop them into more mature and sophisticated analyses. • Explore the interpretations of other readers, compare texts and read texts in the light of critical discussion and literary theory. • Weave knowledge and understanding of literary, historical, social and cultural contexts into interpretations and discussions of texts. • Articulate individual responses to texts, exploring critical and analytical positions with precise and advanced subject-specific language.

The course follows a four unit format over two years, with students assessed through external examinations and through coursework.

 English Language and Literature

English Language and Literature aims to deepen learners' understanding of the use of English Language and develop skills of literary analysis through creative engagement with a range of texts, and is a good foundation for a variety of careers and Higher Education subjects.  The course gives students a chance to: • Study a stimulating range of texts including: classics, contemporary fiction, transcripts and multi-modal texts. • Undertake independent investigative projects. • Investigate some of the key constituents of language and how they function in combination to make • meaning in spoken and written English; • Explore how variations in language, form and context shape and change meanings in speech and • writing; • Apply analytical and creative approaches to the critical study of texts, drawing on linguistic and • literary methodologies and concepts. • Analyse the significance of contextual factors in the production and reception of texts;

The course follows a four unit format over two years, with students assessed through external examinations and through coursework.

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