Today a reader, tomorrow a leader
Margaret Fuller
American journalist, editor, critic, translator, and women's rights advocate
Mary Smith - Faculty Leader – English, Performing Arts & Philosophy
Mrs M. Smith
Head of English

The study of English is utterly essential in the modern world. It is inherently suitable for representing systems and relationships that are experienced in today’s society.

At GCSE students are taught to create arguments and to see how they are being positioned to respond to the content of texts – both non-fiction and fiction. These skills promote critical thinking and skilled writing. The real-world issues, faced in the texts, can be explored from the safety of the classroom, allowing students to form their own ideologies from a safe environment. Such skills are required across the curriculum and enhance their written and spoken skills.

At A level and IB, students expand their horizons and make links between technique and context: politics, religion, social systems, gender, relationships, control and freedom. They look at issues from several perspectives deepening their understanding and analytical skills. Such skills are required for Further Education as well as supporting their personal development in relation to global issues and concerns. Students are able to argue from a standpoint, backing up their assertions with theory and evidence. An integral part of each course is Independence. This prepares students for the world of work as well as the Further Education experience. Students are offered the opportunity to see language in action in primary schools, visit Paris for the anthology and to listen to ex-Hautlian University professors – COVID – permitting.

English is not just for the classroom. It develops critical thinking and prepares students for life.


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