English at Sir Thomas Rich's
English is about learning to communicate your ideas in the most powerful way possible.
The English Department aims to inspire creativity, instil confidence and foster critical thinking in a safe, collaborative and friendly environment in which learners are valued and respected; they are able to speak fluently, read precisely and write effectively for a variety of purposes.
English lessons are enjoyable and interactive; learners are encouraged to share and rehearse their ideas and opinions, expressing themselves articulately and challenging the views of others to develop their own.
Learners are encouraged to read widely and with engagement, exploring layers of meaning and inferring subtleties of language with curiosity and insight. Learners who develop their skills through speaking, listening and reading will become confident writers who manipulate their reader in a variety of ways.
The English Department endeavours to nurture resilient, independent learners who think for themselves, have an opinion and take risks. Learners recognise the relevance and importance of English in developing communication skills and enriching their lives, preparing them for the wider world beyond school.
- Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
- The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
- Voices of Protest (non-fiction texts)
- The Tempest by William Shakespeare
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
In studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Pupils learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- English Language Paper Two (non-fiction) – reading and writing skills
- English Language Paper One (fiction) – reading and writing skills
- AQA Poetry: Love and Relationships Anthology (Cluster One) – family poems
- Aspects of Narrative (creative writing)
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare
- AQA Poetry: Love and Relationships Anthology (Cluster One) – romance poems
- English Language Paper One (fiction) skills
- English Language Paper Two (non-fiction) skills
- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
- Prose text study (Women and Society)
- Post-2000 Poetry (Poems of the Decade)
- Shakespeare drama text (Twelfth Night)
- Poetry (Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale; Romantic Poets)
- Coursework (comparison of two independently selected texts)
"English A Level is a fun and interesting subject which develops skills that can be used throughout all subjects. I have particularly loved taking part in class discussions and feel I have really grown in confidence as a result."
"It’s great to be taught by the Sir Thomas Rich's English teachers as it's clear they genuinely feel passionate about their subject. English has been engaging and interesting right from Year 7 through to Sixth Form."
"I have found studying English at Sir Thomas Rich's to be truly challenging and rewarding. My analytical and essay writing skills have developed hugely, which has been really useful in other subjects such as Politics."
- The Shakespeare Society – offers all Sixth Form students the opportunity to attend performances at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six trips are usually organised each year. Visits to other theatres and literary festivals are arranged throughout the year. Recent trips have included: William Blake’s exhibition at Tate Britain, Keats’ house in London and trips to see theatrical adaptations of The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Christmas Carol.
- Poetry By Heart – an annual competition where every Year 7 pupil learns to memorise poetry. Pupils learn two poems (one pre-1914, one post-1914) and recite from memory in their form groups. Five winners go forward to a grand finale.
- House Creative Writing – an annual competition separated into Senior and Junior categories in which pupils submit written work on a chosen theme.
- House Public Speaking – an annual competition separated into Senior and Junior categories in which pupils compete for best public speaker on a topic of their choice.