Ethos of the Department

English is a core curriculum subject and all boys at QEGS go on to study English Language and English Literature. English teaching throughout the school embeds the skills required in these two different examinations.

In Years 7 – 9, we teach a range of literary texts, including novels, poetry and drama, and study texts from writers as diverse as the Beowulf poet, to Morpurgo, Dahl, Orwell, Saki and Shakespeare. We also use these writers as models to develop our own creative writing, learning how to structure stories, create character and develop our descriptive vocabulary. In addition, we also look at the creative ways in which non-fiction texts are written, and study how media texts are designed to relate to their audiences and purposes.

In Years 10-11, the IGCSE courses are studied. Skills draw on those developed earlier in school, with study of literary texts like novels and poetry and Shakespeare, accompanied with imaginative writing tasks, as well as in-depth analytical reading activities.

With classroom debates, literary and philosophical discussion, well-placed use of English-based ICT work, as well as visits to the local theatres and even sometimes to the cinema, English is a lively, creative and popular subject with boys here at QEGS right from Year 7 up to A-Level.

Teaching Staff

Mrs A Fitzsimons (Head of Department)
Mrs W Affleck
Mr C Winborn (English Coordinator)
Mrs C Palin
Mrs L Ramsden
Mrs A Eggleston
Dr C Boardman
​Mrs L Senior

Key Facts

  • The Department has 7 well-equipped, dedicated rooms, each with a projector and DVD player
  • Easy access to a computer suite in the English block, the LRC and the Elizabeth Theatre
  • Classroom lessons are very varied using combinations of teaching techniques and hands on learning
  • All pupils study for two GCSEs in KS4: English Language and English Literature
  • Recent trips - “King Lear” at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Globe Theatre