“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller
Our curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to decode and understand the socio-economic world around them. It offers them an insight into different time periods, cultures and political spheres, encouraging them to develop empathy and the ability to navigate life as fully informed young people.
Our aim is to equip our students with the skills to write formal and academic essays as well as teach them to write imaginatively in order to confidently express themselves. Our students are taught to edit and redraft their work as they develop the resilience to write at length for a variety of purposes and audiences. Promoting high standards of literacy and language allows our students to develop a strong command of the spoken word which they use to develop their voice and viewpoint as they write thoughtfully, purposefully and creatively. We aim to enhance our students’ communication skills so that they are able to clearly and coherently take part in discussions and debate, as well as work collaboratively with their peers.
English lessons introduce students to challenging and demanding texts in order to develop their love of reading by allowing them to infer, evaluate and discuss various themes and characters in depth and detail. Our lessons not only expose our students to classical literature, but showcases modern literature too, thereby adding to their cultural capital as they read whole books in depth for both pleasure and information. With our Literature texts ranging from the classic to the contemporary, from past and present, our students are able to see life through the eyes of the writers who helped to shape the world around them, encouraging them to see themselves as people who have the ability to shape the future too.