English

The enjoyment and critical appreciation of literature and language lie at the heart of our work.

All our courses offer pupils the chance to experience a variety of challenging and stimulating literature from 1350 to the present day.

Fourth Form (Year 9)

The Fourth Form course is designed to foster a love of the written word whilst developing analytical and creative skills. Pupils study many examples of challenging literature and non-fiction across a range of genres.

GCSE

Pupils follow the Cambridge IGCSE courses in both English Literature (0992) and English Language (0990). The courses allow our teachers the best opportunity to offer an inspiring and challenging English education that extends well beyond the examined curriculum. Pupils will experience the delights of in-depth textual study whilst also being encouraged to pursue their own areas of interest independently; they will hone their analytical and argumentative skills whilst also becoming thoughtful writers themselves.

A Level

The Cambridge Pre-U course offers pupils the most exciting and intellectually challenging English education available at this level. The course instils a knowledge of English literature from Chaucer to the present day and provides ample opportunities for pupils and teachers to pursue their own areas of interest. The course offers the best possible preparation for an arts-based degree, whilst also providing any pupil with vital independent learning skills as well as a bank of great literature to draw upon in later life.

Co-curricular

Those pupils interested in pursuing their reading interests are invited to join the English Society, run by staff and pupils themselves and offering the chance to explore literature in an informal environment. There are ample opportunities to write creatively and to have work published: Pandaemonium showcases prose works, while Areo collects together the best poetry and drama; both feature submissions from pupils of all ages. The Edward Thomas Society gives pupils a platform to share their work in a supportive critical environment, helping them to hone their skills with like-minded enthusiasts.

The department also publishes the SPS Book Blog,  a forum designed for pupils, staff and parents to share ideas about literature or offer reading recommendations.

Debating Society

The Debating Society sees new and experienced debaters tackle a different motion every week.

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The English Society

The English Society is open to all pupils and provides a relaxed and informal atmosphere in which to appreciate literature during the long lunch-break.

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