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At the heart of studying English is an independent approach, developing the ability for enquiry and critical evaluation.  The study of English Language and English Literature provides students with the necessary skills to become confident orators, perceptive readers and evaluative writers.  Communication skills, analytical ability and interpersonal qualities are all key skills required in the workplace and these vital attributes are nurtured and developed at CGS from Year 7 onwards.

The English Department’s subject specialist teachers focus on challenging and inspiring our students as well as stimulating their curiosity and motivation.  We encourage confidence in personal opinions while taking on board others’ views through class discussions and group work.  We enrich understanding and independence through encouraging wider reading and we develop the crucial skill of close reading, enabling our students to shape and articulate informed responses to classic, modern and multi-modal texts.


Courses we offer

Cambridge Pre-U Literature in English

Educational aims

  • to encourage a critical and informed response to texts in a range of forms, styles and contexts
  • to encourage the use of knowledge and understanding of individual texts to explore comparisons and connections between texts, informed by an appreciation of the traditions of English literature
  • to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which writers use form, structure and language to shape meaning and effect.


A level English Language:  Please see the Sixth Form section of our website: sixth-form-subject-information


Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Language

Overview of key aims

  • to read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve writing

  • to acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.


Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Literature

Overview of key aims

  • to read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding

  • to read in depth, critically and evaluatively

  • to write accurately, effectively and analytically.


Extra Curricular Activities

Further enrichment is provided through a range of clubs and activities, including theatre trips and a creative writing club.

‘An English degree will equip you with analytical and writing skills that are readily transferable into many other situations and many professions. It opens up the opportunity to go into a great variety of careers.’

Oxford University

Subject Leader: Mrs Carol Stevens