Welcome to the English Department

Studying English enables students to develop key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. These are the essential skills that they will need to participate in society and employment. English is important for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects.

The English Department’s main aim is to always achieve the highest possible standards for all students, regardless of ability. We want all students to enjoy their learning in English and we strive to offer a wide and varied range of curriculum opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. All the English teachers at Pittville are avid readers and we endeavour to pass on our passion for literature and language to each new generation. Together we lead and support the whole school literacy targets. We are fortunate to have a well-resourced department library of both fiction and non-fiction texts, covering all ages, abilities and interests. This all contributes to pupils having a greater understanding of the world in which we live.

In particular the Key Stage 3 curriculum in English is fun! The year 7 and 8 schemes of learning focus on key themes such as ‘Survival’ and ‘Heroes and Villains’ to name a few. These have been carefully crafted to increase pupils’ progress in all the key English skills and give students the fundamental skills in reading, writing and speaking to prepare them for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature courses. At the heart of this is developing a pupil’s love of reading through reading at home and at school through the Accelerated Reading Scheme. Our superb library with over 20,000 books still inspires our students to gain a life long love of reading.