English is at the heart of what students 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.
We aim to challenge our able students to read, write, speak and listen in English with increasing sophistication and mastery, developing their engagement with the rich cultural capital of literature written in English by diverse writers. Students will develop a strong understanding of how to interpret others’ language uses so as to understand their purposes, techniques and subtexts; and of how to manipulate their own language uses for a wide variety of purposes in a range of registers, forms and contexts. We strongly encourage all students to take part in enrichment activities such as theatre trips, lectures and performances by external presenters, creative writing, and public speaking & debating competitions.
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.