We seek to help our girls to develop a love of literature for life. We aim to arouse and foster in every girl a passion, interest and enthusiasm for a wide range of texts, literary and non-literary. Encouraging girls to pose questions, to seek answers to questions, to open themselves up to the power of the imagination and to develop a sense of quest, is central to the Department’s ethos, on the basis that both knowledge and appreciation begin with a sense of wonder and curiosity.
Whilst our girls are on the journey to becoming increasingly confident and skilled in using language to communicate effectively in any situation, our central goal is to inculcate an appreciation of the part that language plays in identity and sense of self, how, like each human being, words are mysterious, delicate, subtle and powerful. We wish every girl to develop her own voice.
When our girls leave school we hope to have assisted in their becoming astute and analytical thinkers, confident communicators and creative and focused writers. We wish them to emerge with a strong sense of their own views and attitudes, whilst heightening their understanding of the views and attitudes of others, and thus with an ability to impart to other people, a sense of their own world.
Dr Liam McNamara (Acting Head of Department, KS5 AS and A2 English Literature Co-ordinator)
Ms Michele Doyle (KS5 AS and A2 English Language Co-ordinator)
Mr Jason Hollins (temporary post)
Mrs Sarah Loftus
Mrs Jennie Megson (KS4 Co-ordinator)
Mr James Shaw (KS3 Co-ordinator)