English at The Abbey involves studying literature from a diverse range of genres, cultures and time periods.  The lessons are inspirational, challenging and creative, and the aim is for all students to become thoughtful readers, expressive writers and articulate speakers who will develop a lifelong love of language and literature.

At KS3, the focus is on promoting reading and writing for enjoyment, covering a wide range of literary and non-fiction text types whilst also developing skills in analysing language in these types of work. All students take English Language (AQA GCSE) and Literature (CIE iGCSE) at KS4, and both English Language and English Literature continue to be popular subject choices in the Sixth Form, both for A Level and as part of the IB diploma programme. Many of the students go on to study English at degree level and often pursue careers in related areas, including media, marketing, journalism, law and education.

Outside the classroom

The department has strong links to the Drama department and the Library to enhance students’  learning experiences through regular theatre trips, book events and author visits. Students are also offered a variety of extra-curricular activities such as book clubs, creative writing groups and competitions, public speaking and debating. The fantastic teachers in the department help to build confidence, leading to many successes in local and national competitions!

Welcome from Head of Department – Gill Butler

English at The Abbey as seen through the eyes of our students: