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At King's Hall for Prospective Year 7 September 2022

I assert literature to contain the materials which suffice for thus making us know ourselves and the world

Matthew Arnold

Why Study English?

We share the intention of inspiring, while ensuring that the compulsory study of English and English Literature in the Third Form and GCSE develops critical and analytical thinking, reading and listening skills, and equips all young people with accurate and expressive communication skills.


The skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are of vital importance for a pupil's future, making English a uniquely important subject, underpinning any successful academic career. English gives students the resources through which they will arrive at a greater understanding of their world and themselves, and also the ways and means through which they communicate that understanding, in practical or imaginative forms.

Proficiency as a reader and writer can add immeasurably to an individual's chances in both career, and life generally: a love of literature - prose, poetry and drama – helps bring young people into a cultured adult community.

What Will You Study?

The Third Form explore fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama as an introduction to the GCSE years. In the Fourth and Fifth forms, pupils are in five streamed sets. The vast majority take CIE IGCSE English Language and English Literature as separate qualifications.

At A level, pupils can opt for English Literature (OCR). English is a popular subject at this level, studied with great success over recent years, and we have seen many pupils going on to read English or study closely-related subjects at Russell Group universities

Open a Book and You Open Your Mind ...

From specialist teaching to those pupils who speak English as an Additional Language, through to our well stocked library, and our Pelican Society, the English department at King's also hold a number of events and competitions to stretch the imagination and the skills of our pupils beyond the classroom.

Toby Smith

MA, St. John's College, Cambridge
Head of English

Emma Gregory

BA, St Hugh's College, Oxford
English Teacher, Second in Department

Francesca Parker

MA, University of Edinburgh
English Teacher

Oliver Ridley

BA, University of York
English Teacher
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