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English

In the English department, we aim to give our students the best possible experience of teaching and learning.

We aim to use a variety of different teaching methods and activities to engage students depending on ability, the topic studied and the intended outcomes.

We believe that our students can achieve the very highest grades, that all students can achieve their very best and that all students can make at least good progress.

In addition, we aim to prepare our top GCSE students for the study of English Literature A level.

As a department, we operate a zero tolerance approach to behaviour that inhibits learning and focus on creating an exciting, supportive learning environment for all students.

We work hard to promote a culture of reading across the school and a love of reading in our students. Our Key Stage 3 students are expected to bring a book of their own choice with them to lessons. All students are able to use the non-fiction and fiction library at school. Year 7 and Year 8 students all take part in the Accelerated Reading scheme, which aims to more quickly raise students’ reading ages. Year 7 pupils who took part in the Better Reading Project run by Bucks CC Literacy Partnership showed dramatic and rapid improvement in their reading ages.

We run a variety of extra curricular activities, ranging from clubs that are designed to support and challenge the least and more able to trips to London theatres. A variety of competitions are run each year – both house and departmental – for events such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day. We also enter students from different year groups for a variety of competitions such as the Creative Writing Competition run by Young Writers.

We run after-school catch up sessions for controlled assessment when the need arises, and run a before-school Spelling Club for Year 7 students identified as needed extra support. In the lead up to GCSE exams, extra sessions are run for targeted groups of students.