The English department, consisting of five full-time and two part-time members of staff, is one of the largest in the school, teaching all students from Y7-Y11 plus a traditionally large cohort of students at A Level.
In Years 7 to 9, students follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. Lessons are organised according to termly themes and focus on key skills in reading, writing, and speaking and listening. In Years 10 and 11, students complete two courses: the WJEC Eduqas GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. As well as developing the key literacy skills required for life outside school, GCSE students develop culturally by engaging with a wide range of literary texts from the 16th century to the present day.
In Years 12 and 13, students can opt to study the OCR A Level GCE in English Literature. Building upon the skills learned at GCSE, this course offers a broader conceptual and contextual approach to the subject which serves as excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers and university courses.