About the English Department

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The English Department aims to empower pupils with a mastery of language and to enrich them through the study of literature.

We are a dynamic team of teachers with high expectations of ourselves and our classes, committed to helping all pupils make the best possible progress.

Located on the upper floor of South Block, the department has seven dedicated classrooms and is well equipped with netbooks and a large stock of engaging texts.

Extra Curricular - English

The English Department regularly offer extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities for our students.  For the most up-to-date information, speak to your English teacher.

After School

Creative Writing Group (Monday 3.00-4.00pm, Miss Pearson, Room 513): What is Creative Writing?  Creative Writing is anything where the purpose is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions.  This group allows our Years 7, 8 & 9 to develop their skills in this area and to be able to understand and convay their thoughts and feelings onto paper.

Mock Trial Team (Monday 3.00-4.00pm, Miss Groom, Room 511): The Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition aims to introduce the legal system to young people in an innovative and exciting way, giving them the opportunity to gain hands on experience.  Now in it's 19th successful year, the competition involves young people throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland; every year over 6,000 young people and 800 magistrates and other legal professionals are involved in the competition.

Students take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff and prepare the prosecution and defence of specially written criminal cases. Teams compete against each other in a live format at Magistrates' Courts with their performances judged by Magistrates and other legal professionals.

Approximately 15 hours of team preparation is required, usually done over one-hour sessions. Depending on their roles, some students will need to spend more time preparing at home.

'The Debateables': Organised by our own Year 10 students for Key Stage 3 student.


Year 11 Revision Sessions: The facilities are open on Mondays in both January and May in the lead up to key examinations.  Please discuss with your teacher which rooms will be available.

Key Stage 4 'Confused' Controlled Assessment Club: Thursday's after school in Room 511 with Miss Groom.  To assist Year 10 & 11 students understand and improve their controlled assessment skills.



'Express Yourself' Writing Competition: This competition is open to all years and continues through-out the year.  Details on how to enter and winning pieces of work can be found in the college newsletter.

'Wicked Words' Spelling Competition: A spelling competition, a word challenge, a spelling-bee, whatever you may call it, it's a chance to show the school how good you are with words and dictation and to help win for your House!

The 'Speaker' Competition: This competition is open to all Key Stage 3 pupils and is held in June.  Please talk to your English teacher for full details.



Year 7: Pantomime

Year 8/9: Meet the Author (Darren Shan, 2013)

Year 9: Theatre Trip (War Horse, 2013)

Year 9/10: Theatre Trip (Animal Farm, 2013)

Year 10: Theatre Trip (Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time, 2013)