‘To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower.’  William Blake

The English Department is thriving, dynamic and successful, offering a stimulating approach to the study of both Language and Literature. Academic work is delivered through a diverse programme of lessons and is supported by excellent library facilities and IT provision. Experienced teachers tailor the classroom experience to suit students and texts alike. Students have the opportunity to take part in a number of writing competitions, book clubs and subject specific trips. In collaboration with the Art Department, an annual creative writing magazine is published full of girls’ work; Literalily enables many students to see their work in print for the first time. Each year we provide a varied programme of extra-curricular activities including: lectures, A Level conferences, theatre trips, workshops and creative writing days, as well as visiting poets and authors. During Enrichment Weeks, Fourth Form pupils have the opportunity to participate in activities ranging from regency dancing workshops to creating puppet plays. All students are encouraged to foster a love of reading, achieve their potential and enjoy their studies.


All students follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Language (1EN0) and the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Literature (1ET0) courses.

A Level – English Literature 

This is a popular option and complements a wide variety of other A Level choices. We follow the OCR specification (H472).

Ms Sophie Dunkin (Head of Department)