The senior school fully achieves its aims to develop the academic ability of able girls...

ISI Inspection February 2013

English

In our view, English lessons are all about the many different ways of exploring the world and the people within it. We read about them in a variety of texts, we write about them using different forms and styles and we talk about them in ways which allows girls’ confidence to grow. Language is at the heart of all we do, and we aim to promote the power of words, so that girls learn to be thoughtful readers, persuasive writers, assertive speakers and sensitive listeners.

From September, we will be based in classrooms centred around the Pearson Library, perhaps symbolising that reading underpins so much of what we do. We encourage girls to appreciate the value of reading beyond the classroom, and we work closely with Library staff to organise book clubs, plan author visits and encourage a life-long love of reading for pleasure.

Girls who love writing can be stretched through our Creative Writing Club and there are always plenty of chances to write for various school publications, as well as entering national writing competitions.

Debating clubs, public speaking opportunities and poetry recitals are all popular ways to extend oral skills, and we are proud of the confidence our girls demonstrate as they represent us in these areas.

There are regular trips to cinemas and theatres, both locally and further afield, and we work closely with the Drama Department to create a range of performance opportunities for the girls.

We teach in mixed ability groups in Years 7 to 11, and all pupils follow the Cambridge CIE IGCSE course.

Find out more about the Cambridge IGCSE in English Language here.

Find out more about the Cambridge IGCSE in English Literature here.