English is at the heart of what pupils do at CRGS: reading texts, interpreting them and forming one's own opinions about them while considering others' responses are fundamental skills whatever one's area of interest.
Our curriculum is as broad as we can make it. Lower School pupils study a wide range of poetry, prose, drama and non-fiction drawn from different centuries and various parts of the world; tasks are fitted to the main teaching objectives of the revised KS3 framework.
Year 7 is introduced to a range of text types and pupils develop their writing style and accuracy in each type; practical Drama is incorporated into timetabled English lessons and will usually culminate in a performance in the Summer Term. Year 8 consolidates and extends these skills, using English Challenge as a supporting course book. Year 9 is treated as a preparation year for GCSE in which higher-level texts and tasks are addressed; key units include Literature of the First World War, Macbeth and Literature of Protest.
Years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel GCSE 9-1 courses in English Language and English Literature. The new-style specifications have no coursework and all written assessment is by exam. The two Language papers test response to unseen fiction and non-fiction texts; and examine a broad range of writing types including creative, argumentative and informative writing. Speaking & Listening is tackled throughout the two years of the course and culminates in a short exam in the Spring Term of Year 11, for which a separate endorsement is awarded. The two Literature papers focus on drama, poetry and prose, the second paper including response to an unseen poem. As at A Level, the secret of success is a detailed appreciation of the manipulation of language in each context.
A Level English Literature is a very popular option in the Sixth Form. Classes are run as seminars with students researching and presenting their views on a broad selection of texts drawn from the new, linear OCR specification for A Level.
English Department staff
- Dr S Dowling (Head of English)
- Mrs P Bishop
- Mrs H Drake (KS3 Co-ordinator)
- Mrs L Eady (KS4 Co-ordinator)
- Mr R Heard
- Dr I Ross