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Sharing the joy of inspiring literature is central to the English Department’s mission. From the very beginning our boys are encouraged to develop a lifetime’s passion for reading, writing and analytical thinking.

We believe in the unique potential of every boy for precise, articulate and creative self-expression. This belief will take our boys along a path of learning which explores the creative and critical thinking opportunities that interacting with stimulating literature has to offer: discovering Beowulf, Shakespeare, Chaucer and many of the delights of modern literature are all exciting destinations along the routes of reading, writing and speaking.

Many inviting avenues for the realisation of these fundamental aims are afforded our boys not only within the classroom, but extended outwards to the wider community of the whole school and beyond. These opportunities provide a challenging yet nurturing introduction to public performance, firing a collective excitement and an increasing discernment for the written and spoken word. The experience and confidence gained from being able to communicate effectively are life-skills our boys will need in all aspects of life whether it be in the classroom, on the sports field or later in adulthood.

Opportunities for this are afforded in diverse and engaging ways:

  • classroom and whole-school poetry recitations
  • debates on broad topical issues
  • “pop-in” shared reading days
  • interactive Shakespeare workshop / author visits
  • publishing of pupils’ creative writing - our “Dragons’ Teeth” publication
  • independent project research
  • plays and drama activities.
Middle & Senior School Declamations 2016