English is the foundation for the study of all subjects.

A civilised society depends for its success on an informed population made up of people who can think for themselves and articulate their thoughts. At St Christopher's, we encourage our pupils to read widely and to develop mature and informed responses to their reading.

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 7-9 develop their skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading, and Writing, through Library lessons, drama and more formal classroom teaching. Through enjoyment of the English language, they develop and deepen their skills and understanding in preparation for the more formal curriculum at GCSE.

Key Stage 4

There are a number of options, and the course followed depends upon the strengths of the individual. Most pupils study for two GCSEs, one in English Language and one in English Literature. Some pupils follow a course leading to the award of a GCSE in English, and a small group each year study for an Entry Level Certificate in Functional Skills.

For full details of the WJEC GCSE in English, please click here.  

A Level

Please see the Sixth Form section of the Website

Enrichment

Pupils studying English are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Theatre trips, writer workshops, author talks, cinema trips, a residential trip to London, trips to Stratford on Avon, Haworth and Dove Cottage, a Year 11 residential conference, visiting theatre groups, competitions, themed days, a drama club and debates are examples of activities run by the department.

Staff

  • Mr. W. Young (Head of Department)
  • Miss H. Kelly (Second in Department)
  • Mr. T. Hardwick
  • Mrs. J. Dudbridge
  • Mr. R. O'Doherty
  • Mrs. R. Lord
  • Mrs. N. Kewin
  • Mrs. N. Moran
  • Mrs. S. Dempsey
  • Mr. E. Muir
  • Miss C. McKavett
  • Mr. L. Hope

Department Assistant

  • Mrs. J. Gudgeon

Librarian

  • Miss S. Holman

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