WELCOME“Words, words, words.” - William Shakespeare.
Our aim in the English Department is to enthuse students with a love of the English language, a passion for ideas and an empathy for the experiences and perspectives of others. We also aim to equip students with the tools to respond to texts in a mature, thoughtful and independent way. As a department, we follow shared schemes of work but have the flexibility to teach to our diverse enthusiasms.
- Mrs Harvey, Head of English
WHO WE ARE
Mrs Harvey Head of English; Assistant Head
Mrs Bean Second in English
Mr Bush English Teacher
Mrs Ellis English Teacher
WHAT WE DO
In English we balance a solid grounding in the basics with the encouragement to think independently and creatively. A key focus throughout all Years is on students’ personal response to words, images and wider patterns, and therefore discussing ideas and listening to other people’s views is common in class work. Skills and topics assessed at GCSE and A-Level are initially developed in the younger years, so students feel a sense of consistency and familiarity with the requirements of external exams. We study a range of Literary texts in the younger years, and teachers have the flexibility to select those texts they most enjoy and, more importantly, feel their students will respond best to. In Year 8, all students have a fortnightly Drama lesson, which often ties into their English studies, but which also introduces them to Drama as a subject in its own right.
At AS and A-Level, students are supported to be independent readers and thinkers, often able to select their own texts for study and to choose their own titles thoughtfully. Students are well supported, however, when it comes to forming their responses in a clear and sophisticated manner. Throughout all Years, we encourage respect and empathy for alternative ideas and experiences, using the Literature we teach to challenge students’ preconceptions. We aim to offer each Year a range of enrichment opportunities, be they theatre trips, residential trips, writing workshops or author visits. We also keep students informed about a range of local and national competitions. Over the last few years, Colyton students have achieved highly in a number of national competitions. This year, enrichment activities have included: Year 7 visit to see children’s author Chris Bradford; Year 8 visit and writing workshop with The Two Steves; Year 8 visit from touring Shakespeare company; Year 11 Writing Workshop with Philip Gross; Year 11 theatre trip to see ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’; Year 11 theatre trip to see ‘The Great Gatsby’ ballet and a Year 12 residential trip to the battlefields of WWI.