CLSG

English

We nurture a true passion for literature at City where discussion and healthy debate are valued.

English at City

We aim to promote the enjoyment of literature and an awareness of its place in our culture by studying a diversity of poems, plays and novels. This is preparation for the world ahead far beyond the bounds of an exam syllabus.

Why study English at City?

At City we strive to provide an excellent academic education in English language and literature for all, fostering creativity, enthusiasm and intellectual rigour. Through lively classroom discussion and exploration of literature from a range of periods and backgrounds, we help students develop their imagination as well as analytical skills, appreciate the power of the written word and hone the craft of writing, encourage the free-flowing exchange of ideas, and nurture individuality and the joy of original thought.

Debates, presentations, lectures, visiting speakers and trips to outside events that support the curriculum are all part of the daily life of the English department. We aim to promote the enjoyment of literature and an awareness of its place in our culture by studying a diversity of poems, plays and novels. This is preparation for the world ahead far beyond the bounds of an exam syllabus.

Our Staff

Shahla Shah, MA (Cantab), MA (Shakespeare Institute)
head of English
Catherine Anderson, BA (Newcastle), MPhil (Oxon)
teacher of English
Tom Barlow
teacher of English
Jenny Brown, MA (Oxon)
Head; teacher of English
Christina Heidensohn, BA (Birmingham)
teacher of English; research projects coordinator

Curriculum

CLSG

"I really like studying English literature in sixth form. In year 12 we have covered a wide range of texts and the syllabus is not as restrictive as iGCSE. I have enjoyed composing my own creative writing and the in-depth study of a classic novel, a modern play and twentieth century poetry, have challenged me. Discussion and debate in lessons brings the texts alive and my teachers are so passionate about their subject."

Lucy, year 12