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Subject overview

Words have never been more powerful. They connect people. They tell tales. They create Art. They are also used to exploit, to manipulate and exert power across the globe. That is why the study of Language and Literature remains so vital.

In English at Tonbridge Grammar School, you will discover new concepts and acquire new skills that allow you to critically engage with the world, never taking what you read at face value. We want you to understand the power of language and become inquisitive readers and expert writers.

As English teachers, we delight in the diversity of Literature and its ability to transcend nationality, race, gender and class. We want you as budding English scholars to introduce us to new authors and texts that expand our minds and defy our expectations, and we promise the same in return.

Course content

Years 7-9

  • Poetry – We study poetry as an art form and witness its ability to express human experience in war and peace.
  • Shakespeare – With a focus on Shakespeare’s female characters, we study Tragedy, Comedy and everything in between.
  • Media/Non-Fiction – We report the news, we campaign for change, and we question whether non-fiction is a fiction.
  • Literary Prose – We start at the beginning of storytelling, travel through historical and detective fiction, before arriving at the American Dream.
  • Creative Writing – From flash fiction, to journalism, to gothic horror, you’ll have plenty of chance to pen your masterpiece.

Years 10 & 11

All students take English Language and English Literature. Over the course of the two years, we focus on sharpening your writing and analytical skills so that you approach your exams feeling self-assured and knowledgeable.

We study:

  • An Inspector Calls
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Jane Eyre
  • AQA Poetry Anthology (Power and Conflict)

Co-curriculuar opportunities

  • Debating Society
  • Literary Society
  • Year 9 English Club
  • Theatre Trips
  • Author visits
  • Writing competitions
  • Carnegie Book Club

I really appreciate the ability to interact with the other students in English. In every lesson, there is an opportunity to say what you think. Your voice is heard!

Natasha, Year 10

What I love about English is the enthusiasm in our class both from our teacher and all the students! I also like the choice of books we study.

Lara, Year 11