Mrs C Hill (Subject Leader) Mrs A Simmonds
Ms R Widdup Ms R Linton
Mr J Single Mrs N Graham (Second in Dept)
Mr A Coventon Mrs V Ravenwood
Miss V Vasey Mrs B Bray
Mr M Thomas
English is proud to be one of the lead subjects in our Humanities Specialist Status. We play an active part in the specialism, working to provide high quality teaching and learning, along with enrichment opportunities such as theatre visits and visiting authors.
The English Department at DGGS works with a number of partners to ensure students are given a vibrant, enriching and challenging learning experience. We are proud to be part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning and Performance Network, allowing us to develop teaching and learning of Shakespeare through active approaches that lead to insightful and sophisticated analysis of Shakespeare’s language.
At the heart of all we do is the desire to develop in students an awareness and understanding of the world around us. We aim to create an atmosphere where all young people achieve their full potential and where the momentum of success, enjoyment and learning continues into their adult lives.
Key Stage 3
English at DGGS is currently taught in mixed ability form groups. All lessons follow the aims of the National Curriculum to develop competence, creativity, cultural understanding and critical interpretation, achieved through the study of a wide variety of texts, themes and ideas.
English lessons are designed to be academically rigorous and to increase students’ cultural capital. With this aim in mind, students study a range of extracts and full texts by authors, both modern and canonical, from Chaucer to Shakespeare, Dickens to Duffy.
GCSE English Language and literature (Edexcel Specification)
Students at GCSE study Edexcel English Language and English Literature courses and explore a wide range of poetry, prose and drama texts, taught in five mixed ability groups.
During their study of GCSE, students are exposed to a range of texts and ideas, where the strong foundation of Key Stage 3 is built on further. At GCSE, students study Shakespeare, 19th Century novels, poetry, and non-fiction. They also write for both imaginative and transactional purposes, using their exposure to high quality writing to inspire their own.
A-Level English Literature
English Literature is extremely popular, with about half the year group choosing to study the subject at A-Level. Post-18 there is a high number of students who choose to study Literature at university, often at the most prestigious universities in the country.
At A-Level, students are given increased autonomy, choosing several of the texts they study, as well as being exposed to a range of critics and theoretical viewpoints to enhance their understanding of the literature they read. Lessons are designed with a strong focus on academic knowledge and critical interpretation, with students taught in both lecture and seminar style lessons to help prepare them for a university education.