English is a fascinating subject. Students are introduced to a wide range of literature ranging from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Philip Pullman and writing from a range of different cultures. We celebrate students' own writing and we encourage the exploration of language used all around us in everyday situations. In Years 7-9 We aim to help students develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging material independently through: reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including in particular, whole books, short stories, poems and plays with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors. The range will include high-quality works from:
- English literature, both pre-1914 and contemporary, including prose, poetry and drama
- World literature
We guide our students to choose and read books independently for challenge, interest and enjoyment. In Years 7 and 8, all our students take part in our Accelerated Reader scheme and have one library lesson per fortnight.
To become a Literacy Leader, students apply via an application letter to Mrs Bingham (Head of English). From these applications, 20 Literacy Leaders are selected who are then put into pairs.
Each pair of Literacy Leaders is assigned to a form in Y7/Y8. Every half term the girls give two 15 minute presentations on a grammar or punctuation issue to their allocated form.
Twice a term, selected Literacy Leaders give a presentation to the school staff regarding how a punctuation or grammar issue should be addressed across the curriculum by the whole school.
A pair of Literacy Leaders, every half term, is asked to update the Literacy Leader’s display board with a literacy topic chosen by Mrs Bingham.