Miss M Schramm, BA, MA
Head of English
English teaching at Colfe’s is focused on developing pupils’ engagement with literature, introducing them to a range of writers and texts and encouraging them to become independent, proficient readers.
In Years 7 to 9 you will enjoy a range of poetry, prose and drama from Shakespeare, Dickens and Coleridge to World War I poetry and Philip Pullman. The skills you learn in the first three years form the foundations for GCSE success. We build your confidence so you can communicate fluently and accurately, ensuring your perceptive ideas feature on the page.
You will take two IGCSEs – English Language and Literature – in classes taught by a team of English specialists. Here, our focus turns to further developing your skills of literary analysis, personal engagement with the text and ability to construct a fluent, coherent essay the foundations for which were laid in Years 7 to 9.
English Literature A-level is a popular course in the school where you are given the opportunity to expand your knowledge, skills and engagement with the subject even further. Lessons are seminar style, featuring informed, lively discussion about texts. You are encouraged to become more independent and more rigorous in the process: researching and reading criticism and, in turn, bringing new ideas and new perspectives to class discussion, which then feeds into your written work.
The English department also plays a vital role in House competitions – holding two House reading challenges each year, for Years 7 and 8, and House poetry recitations in Years 9 and 11. A Shakespeare recitation competition is also held for Year 12. We have had notable success with writing competitions and you are afforded the opportunity to enter your creative (prose and poetry) and analytical writing for school, local and national competitions. As part of the department’s commitment to enrichment, pupils of all ages also enjoy a rich diet of trips to the theatre, the Globe and the Museum of London and, at A-level, lecture days and other outings.
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