English

Stories never really end… even if the books like to pretend they do. They don’t end on the last page any more than they begin on the first.
Cornelia Funke

English develops skills which are vital to success in a wide variety of academic disciplines – and indeed to life beyond school. As such, our aims are to enable students to:

  • Read a variety of texts for meaning, tone and purpose
  • Use grammar as a tool for effective expression
  • Write neatly and take pride in the presentation of work
  • Write in a variety of registers suitable for different purposes and audiences
  • Develop a love of reading and literature
  • Develop creativity
  • Structure, support and defend an argument
  • Think analytically and become self-critical
  • Speak confidently and effectively to an audience
  • Develop respect for the views of others


English is taught by a team of dedicated teachers who are passionate about their subject and its central importance in school life. Students’ experiences are enhanced by theatre visits, visiting speakers and our well-stocked library.

We can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
George Eliot
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.
Franz Kafka