Mrs Judith Livings BEd Hons, AMBDA
Miss Josephine Roche BA Hons, PGCE
Mrs S. Collins MA, PGCE
Year 7-9: 5 lessons each week
GCSE: English Language, English Literature
A Level: English Literature
We aim to enthuse our pupils with a love of language and a confidence to express their ideas in both spoken and written form. The English block is a great space to share in this process: our large teaching rooms allow us to vary the way we teach our different groups; our dedicated IT suite provides opportunity for group and individual project work, presentations and research. Class sizes are deliberately small so that each pupil receives a great deal of individualised help and encouragement to work confidently with others. Our dyslexia specialist is a member of the department; pupils with special needs are given appropriate help within the English curriculum.
We believe it is important for everyone to study a variety of fiction and non-fiction throughout their school career. We place a high value on reading and encourage all our pupils to develop good reading habits from Year 7 onwards. All pupils have one dedicated English library period each week where they can enjoy half an hour’s peace curled up with a book! We like them to develop confidence in speaking too: class debates are a regular feature and a number of our students debate competitively, both at local and national level.
We also encourage pupils to develop their creative writing skills; a weekly after-school writer’s club is a popular option for a number of our younger, and older, pupils. Many of them contribute to the student-run school newspaper ‘TRY’ which operates out of the English Department IT suite.
At Key Stage 4 all pupils study for GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. We believe it is important that they continue to broaden their experience of literature at this stage.
English is a popular subject at A Level and is taught by two members of the department. A Level students are expected to read widely beyond the set texts; to enjoy discussion and debate and to extend their creative writing and analytical skills. A typical lesson might involve a student-led presentation on some aspect of the course, followed by a lively discussion of these ideas with emphasis on close analysis of a passage or poem. But we might also take the College mini-bus to visit Cilycwm’s 14th century church, or nearby Carreg Cennen castle as part of our study of Chaucer or the Metaphysical poets, or visit Dylan Thomas’s Laugharne.
We also take our students to many plays, poetry readings and lectures so that they realise English is not just about the set texts!
What they say about us:
‘Studying English has really broadened my views on so many aspects of life.’ - Current Sixth Former