“Oh! It is only a novel! … only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda!’ or, in short, only some work in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in its best chosen language.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
Like Jane Austen, the English Department at College believes that through the study of literature we will help to enrich a girl's emotional and imaginative life; allow her to develop an awareness of herself, other human beings and their relationships and widen her knowledge of experiences, periods and places other than her own.
A girl will discover a pleasure in thinking critically about the language she finds all around her and will learn how to express herself stylishly in reflective, fictional or poetic writing. In addition, she will be taught different modes of writing: journalistic technique, formal reporting, speechmaking and scriptwriting.
We encourage oral communication skills, including effective collaboration, public speaking, debating and discussion.
College regards vocabulary development, awareness of literary tradition and historical context as essential. We encourage an acknowledgment of the different critical assumptions each reader brings to her own reading and analysis.
We have a lively programme of Shakespeare workshops for both Lower and Upper College as well as author visits, storytelling and creative Saturday activities. Successful and well-attended clubs include the Fanthorpe Society, Creative Writing Club, Classic Cinema Club and Debating Society.
Girls are encouraged to read widely, study a rich variety of texts, develop skills of literacy and oral expression, and write for differing audiences.
Girls study GCSE English Language and IGCSE English Literature. The English Language GCSE includes writing, speaking and listening tasks, and language analysis and textual comparison of fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The IGCSE Literature course includes close study of a novel, Shakespeare and poetry.
Head of English: Miss Laura Price BA MSc
Miss Claire Pringle BA MA
Mrs Jessica Briggs BA
Miss Cassie Brown BA CELTA
Mrs Selina Clift MA
Mrs Rachel Dallibar BA MA
Miss Jessica Darke BA
Miss Sarah Hadfield MA
Miss Sabina Hill MA MEd
Miss Charlotte Hobbs BA
Mrs Charlotte Oosthuizen BEd
Mrs Heather Richens BA
Miss Alice Thomson BA MA CELTA
The Revd Helen R Wood BA