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We are a large and successful department of English Language and English Literature specialists. We offer the broadest possible range of experience of all the forms of writing and a wide range of in-class and enrichment reading activities.  We host creative writing groups, invite specialist speakers, organise trips and have a thriving library as part of our programme.  We encourage older students to engage with the younger ones with reading activities and ask KS5 students to help younger students with aspects of their lower school English work where appropriate. We believe that skills for life are as important as examination  skills  and we offer varied programme that reflects this belief.

Curriculum Offer

Lower School – Year 7/8

All students study English throughout the lower school. In addition we have a library and many opportunities for students to be able to express themselves in English. We also take part in Bookbuzz in December and World Book Day in March which we celebrate in our own Priory way.

GCSE Years 9,10 and 11

All students take GCSE English Language (8700) and GCSE English Literature  8702 at the end of year 11: Some students opt to take GCSE Media Studies.

To visit the English Language examination board website -AQA click HERE

To visit the English Literature examination board website -AQA click HERE

To visit the Media Studies examination board website  AQA click HERE 


To visit the English Literature examination board website -AQA  click HERE

To visit the English Language examination board website -AQA click HERE