Excellence in English

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.


First and foremost, English at Ormiston Denes is centred around communication through reading, writing, speaking and listening. It involves critically and analytically reading novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction, and writing about all of these in detail. As well as this, students are empowered to unlock their creativity through producing their own imaginative writing in a variety of forms. We aim for students to leave us with a love and appreciation for literature but also strong literacy skills and the ability to fully utilise the English language to express their views and engage others.

English at Key Stage 3 builds skills and develops subject knowledge so that students are prepared for GCSE. Students study a number of topics which cover a wide range of texts through poetry, novels, plays and non-fiction forms.

At Key Stage 4, students study two separate qualifications, English language and English literature. Both of these are formally assessed in examinations at the end of Year 11.

For English language the texts used in examinations will be unseen, therefore a large part of the course is focused on the ability to analyse and interpret previously unseen fiction and non-fiction.

Set texts for English literature include Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls and a compilation of poetry focusing on love and relationships. Beyond these students are encouraged to read further works by these authors and more widely in order to broaden their experience of classic and contemporary literature.

Mrs R Ford
Head of English

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