To study English is to study life – how we think, feel and behave in many different situations. It asks us profound questions about what it is to be human, about what we value and hold most dear. It is also a technical subject, where the study of language is explored in forensic detail. Mostly, it’s about discovering new worlds, new ideas and learning to develop strong, compelling arguments. The skills learned in English are critical. They help students across all their subjects, and get them ready for life beyond school.
Here at Claremont, we have a dynamic department which has been recognised by Ofsted who commented that our students perform ‘exceptionally well’ in our last inspection. Our Challenge Partners review in 2018 also praised the consistently strong teaching of the team. We aim to stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in English and our teachers create an atmosphere where students enjoy learning.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8
Pupils in Year 7 and 8 are introduced to literature that will challenge and interest them. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been especially designed to complement and build the skills needed for the new GCSEs.
Developing good reading habits early on is critical to their success, so we encourage home reading through our reading logs, reading challenges and library lessons. We also develop their speaking and writing skills through a series of assessments linked to their texts. Our students are encouraged to enter national writing competitions, as well as College competitions. We are proud of the quality of their entries and it is a joy to see children develop their ‘voice’.
Year 7 and 8 competition winners at the House of Commons with Dawn Butler MP
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Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 and 11
We start our GCSE in year 9, rather than year 10. This allows us to give students more time to develop their responses and practice the skills they need. In the three years, students will cover a number of modern and 19th century texts, not forgetting Shakespeare too. It allows them to understand how ideas in literature cross the centuries and how authors use language to create meaning. Our texts ask us questions about the human condition and students are able to relate to age-old themes about ambition, power, fear, friendship, charity, compassion and love.
Years 9, 10 and 11 at the Globe Theatre, London
Reading widely is still at the top of our agenda in Key Stage 4, not least because the Language exam relies on students being able to access extracts, which may be from the 19th, 20th or 21st century writers. To help you, we have prepared a pack of extracts from the 19th century for your child to read.
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Key Stage 5
At A level, we have a very strong team, with different areas of interest and expertise. Our focus is to produce independent, resilient, well-read young people who are ready for the next steps.
We have an exciting programme of modern American fiction, poetry and drama, plus staples from the English heritage including Shakespeare, pre-1900s poetry and a selection of Gothic texts. Students learn how to research, write and present complex ideas. We also have a programme of events to complement their studies such as writing competitions, theatre trips and lectures.
Year 12 students in the West End to see Othello
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