CLSG students in the school library

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. Lively classroom discussion and exploration of literature - from a range of periods and backgrounds - helps students develop their imagination and analytical skills simultaneously. Students also adopt the ability to appreciate the power of the written word and hone the craft of writing, encouraging the free-flowing exchange of ideas, whilst also nurturing 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, BA (London), MA (Shakespeare Institute)
Teacher of English
Jenny Brown, MA (Oxon)
Head; Teacher of English
Christina Heidensohn Obee, BA (Birmingham)
Teacher of English; Research Projects Coordinator

Curriculum

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"I really like studying English literature in sixth form. In year 12 we have covered a wide range of texts and the syllabus allows for more independent study than GCSE. I have enjoyed the in-depth exploration of a classic novel, a modern play and twentieth century poetry which have all challenged me. Discussion and debate in lessons brings the texts alive and my teachers are so passionate about their subject."

Lucy, year 12