The enjoyment and critical appreciation of literature and language lie at the heart of our work. We are fortunate that our pupils, with their varied heritages and interests, provide us with many opportunities for cross-cultural reference in all aspects of our work.
AS and A level
Any Pauline who has enjoyed the study of literature at GCSE is well equipped to pursue this course. Coursework (40% at both AS and A2) gives opportunities for the challenge of independent work: at AS, it is devoted to a study of tragedy and at A2 to a free choice of texts read in the light of some critical theory. At AS, the study of narrative serves as a way into the appreciation of poetry and prose, whilst at A2 genre (Pastoral or Gothic) is a focus for more advanced work. For further details, see the AQA website.
After St Paul’s
Many Paulines have studied English at university. Some have gone on to prestigious academic careers: Dr Ben Morgan (Oxford), Dr Matthew Reynolds (Oxford), Dr Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge), Professor Henry Woudhuysen (UCL).
Some have made English the centre of their professional lives as successful actors or directors: Rory Kinnear, James Rogan, Blake Ritson, Chris Weitz. Others are established journalists: Steven Poole, Ben Walters.
John VenningHead of English
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St Paul’s judged exceptional in most recent inspection. More
James Clarke selected for GB team. More
We were delighted to take part in this celebration of invention and discovery. More
St Paul’s, 2012 champions, were joint runners-up in this year's Bank of England/Times competition. More
For the third year in a row, St Paul’s has won the final of this London Mathematics competition. More