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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

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.

In English, mentoring and support sessions may be offered to students in KS3 and KS4. Overseen by the Head of Faculty, these sessions are led by A Level students who performed well in the subject at GCSE level.

Across all key stages, the English department seeks to engage and stretch our most talented students by offering diverse work within the classroom and encouraging them to engage critically with a wide range of texts and ideas. Students are encouraged to read widely and for pleasure, and, supported by our librarians, to actively seek challenging reading experiences. In addition, some of our most able students may make use of the resources found on IGGY, an online resource developed by the University of Warwick.

The English department offers a range of enrichment opportunities throughout the year. In addition to our regular reading groups and creative writing club, students can submit original work to our school magazine, The Glass Corridor; we also support students in entering a range of essay and creative writing competitions, all of which are advertised on our departmental website. Students benefit from visits from published authors and poets, and undertake special activities to celebrate events such as World Book Day; students in Year 9 also have the opportunity to watch a live Shakespeare production, with this year’s cohort travelling to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream.