English

English is a core subject and you study it throughout your academic life in mixed ability classes.

As a team, we are committed to the development of individuality, creativity, and the love of language and literature. In all that we do, we hope to show that we believe in the values of learning to think clearly, express ideas fluently, explore experiences imaginatively, write with pleasure and skill, and read with perception and delight.

In the Lower School you are encouraged to write creatively and to extend your imagination through a range of different reading materials. You also study a number of Shakespeare's plays, participate in speaking and listening activities, and become involved in reading and writing poetry. It is important at this stage that you develop a sense of confidence in your abilities so that you feel able to take risks and challenge yourself further.