“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.”

John Green

Welcome to English!

English Language and Literature are creative and exciting subjects. Excellent reading and writing skills are essential in every aspect of our lives, from reading the timetable so we can get the bus to school, to signing a contract for a job: it is our aim to develop our students’ abilities to the very best of their potential. Our English teachers allow students to confidently explore the surrounding world, and learn about their place within it.

Our department has 12 dedicated and highly qualified members of staff and two HLTAs who work tirelessly to improve the ability of our students across all ability ranges. In the English department we aim to create and develop enthusiastic and independent learners. We are committed to establishing a learning environment that encourages students to feel confident about taking risks and developing informed opinions on a wide range of issues and topics, both local and international! Our curriculum focuses on learning, rather than teaching; we want students to not only reflect on their skills but to enhance them too, to ask difficult questions, deal maturely with difficult answers, and to enjoy challenge.

We provide opportunities for our learners to independently extend their skills beyond the classroom and into the wider world, therefore preparing for life beyond The Royal Docks. We like to take advantage of our close proximity to London by planning stimulating cultural extra-curricular opportunities such as theatre and museum trips. The English team also run regular debate training and have successfully competed against many local and national schools! We host regular homework competitions each half term and also writing competitions alongside the Literacy department. These are a great opportunity for students to show off their creative side.

Our vision for the future is to continue to develop our curriculum so that it reflects the modern day, 21st Century world that we live in. We wish to create confident learners who can use their English skills to make an outstanding contribution to the wider community and indeed, all of society. We, as teachers, endeavour to develop our practice so that each and every one of our students can experience the very best teaching in their English lessons. We want everyone to reach their full potential.

Albany Borland

Head of English

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