English is taught by subject specialists, all of whom teach across the full age and ability range. All members of the English Department are passionate about the subject and keen to find creative ways to share their enthusiasm with students. We have strong links with the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University and have earned an excellent reputation for our training and support of PGCE English students.

Key Stage 3 English

Throughout Years 7 to 9 students explore a diverse range of literary, non-literary and media texts ranging from Shakespeare’s plays and Homer’s retold poems to film clips and graphic novels. Students explore the ways in which writers create effects and convey meanings within their texts and are challenged to extend their own writing styles by considering how to write for different purposes and audiences. Speaking and listening skills are developed through small group and class discussion as well as individual presentations. Our students participate in many creative projects, such as creating their own dramatic and artistic retellings of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” in Year 7.

GCSE English

All students are entered for two GCSE courses: English Language and English Literature. Students will also complete a separate Spoken Language qualification. We use the Eduqas specifications.

Throughout our courses students learn to develop sophisticated skills of written expression in a range of styles and for a variety of audiences. They will also hone their reading skills through analysing a range of taught and unseen texts.

For English Literature, all students study a Shakespeare play, poetry anthology, 19th Century text, post-1914 novel or play and unseen poetry. Individual text choices will vary across classes as we adapt our teaching for each group.


Our extra-curricular activities vary each year depending on the needs and interests of our students and teachers. Some of our recent activities include:

  • The annual University of Cambridge School Classics Project and “Metamorphoses” competition.
  • Book Club and Carnegie Shadowing Group.
  • Latin Club.
  • Creative Writing Club.
  • Rainbow Kite (for LGBTQIA+ students and allies).
  • Enrichment activities and scavenger hunts on World Book Day.
  • Involvement in the Arts Festival.



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