The English department is the largest in the College, teaching over 1,600 students each year. The friendly and supportive department strives to provide students with high levels of engagement and interest whilst developing their core English skills. We offer three English A-levels: English Literature, English Language and English Language and Literature. English is also a compulsory element of the IB course and we run both Standard and Higher classes. Should it be necessary, we also provide students with an opportunity to re-sit their English Language GCSE, as well as offering English Literature GCSE. We run a varied programme of Additional Studies, trips and visits, and talks from visiting speakers. Here you can find out more about the English department and what it offers.
Trips and Visits
The department runs a number of trips every academic year, ranging from visits to the theatre to workshops and conferences focused on specific English topics. Recently, students of English have had the opportunity to watch plays such as The Tempest, Dr. Faustus and Death and the Maiden, as well as visiting the British Library, the Institute of Education and The Guardian newspaper in London. There have been trips to the Globe Theatre and excursions to local landmarks, art galleries and museums. One of the major residential trips we run is a three day visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon where we take in two Shakespeare plays, a back stage tour, and explore his birthplace.
In addition to trips away from college, we have been visited by well-known writers and up and coming authors, including Anthony Thwaite, Luke Wright, Blake Morrison, Rose Tremain and Clare Pollard. One of our past events was a visit from the world renowned language expert David Crystal, who delivered four lectures to our AS and A2 English Language students on subjects ranging from Accents to Internet Linguistics. The opportunities for visits and trips organised by the English department have enriched students understanding and experience of the subject and inspired their own writing in a variety of ways.
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College Magazine Students write, design and organise their articles to produce an edition of the College Magazine every half term. Articles include features, current events, film, music, fashion and more, allowing students to develop their writing while pursuing areas that interest them.
Drama Club Students study plays through a variety of activities, including play reading, performance and discussion. They explore modern playwrights’ dramatic aims and intentions, their social and political thinking and attempt to bring the texts alive practically.
Shakespeare Youth Theatre Students can develop their drama skills and take part in a performance of a Shakespeare play. They also prepare a performance of a Shakespeare speech and a sonnet for the RADA Shakespeare Certificate exam in London.
Creative Writing This offers students the opportunity to develop their literary writing skills, explore new genres and consolidate their strengths. Students produce original pieces and share their writing in an informal, supportive atmosphere. Practical help is offered as well as opportunities for performance and publication. There is also the chance to attend a writing trip at The Tower Windmill in Norfolk for a weekend of creative inspiration.