English is offered to all pupils, who have English as their mother tongue, as two separate awards - GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Some students, for whom English is an additional language, follow the IGCSE English route.
At A Level a love of literature and reading is the essential prerequisite for the course. Levels 9-6 at GCSE provide the best foundation for success at A Level. A commitment to wider reading, sensitivity to texts, clarity of thought and expression and the ability to present a well-supported, coherent argument are desirable. A love of theatre and film also helps!
By developing a student’s ability to analyse, provide evidence, make value judgments and express ideas clearly, the A Level English Literature course is an excellent foundation for a whole range of careers and has proved an asset in areas such as Law, Business, Science, Social Sciences and the Media.
The Gleam Team
Lower Sixth girls are encouraged to join The Gleam Team, which meets once a week after school to write, edit and assemble material for the annual school magazine ‘The Gleam’. The girls also have the opportunity to work alongside the graphic design team, seeing how the professionals put it together during the design-and-print process.