English is not only a ‘subject’ as such; it is a means of broadening our cultural experience and ability to understand the world in which we live through our use of expressive and informed communication skills. The study of literature, in a wide variety of forms, lies at the heart of our teaching and learning.
We hope to encourage the love of English as an individual pursuit, such as taking pleasure in personal reading, critical interpretation, and creative writing, but also as a collaborative activity through debate and discussion. The simple principles and overriding aims of our teaching in English are that all pupils will enrich their lives during and after schooldays, through awareness and appreciation of the breadth and variety of language and literature, and will acquire and develop confidence in their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
We follow the Edexcel B specification. This specification offers an issues-based approach, with content organised by UK and global geography. It also includes a decision-making paper, which allows students to investigate people-environment issues on a global scale.
Topics covered encompass a wide range of themes, but essentially fall into the following categories:
- Hazardous Earth
- Development Dynamics
- Challenges of an urbanising world
- The UK’s evolving physical and human environments
- People and the biosphere
- Forests under threat
- Consuming energy resources
Assessment is through three written examinations taken at the end of the course.