English Faculty News

World Book Week report

World Book Day week was celebrated in style with opportunities given to KS3 pupils to participate in a number of challenging literary activities...

World Book week at SEC

Why have a World Book Day when you can have a World Book Week? Excitingly, St Edward's is planning just that!...

Author visit for Year 8 and 9

Author Peadar O'Guillan returned to the College to speak to Lower School pupils about the inspirations for his best-selling fantasy thriller, The Call...

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English Faculty

The English department comprises of Drama, English and Film Studies.

With the wonderful facilities available to the faculty, such as the Learning Resource Centre and our performance space, together with the energy and enthusiasm displayed from our English Teachers, pupils are able to benefit from a plethora of opportunities. Pupils have available to them a variety of teaching methods which includes not only the theoretical aspects taught through reading and discussion but also through visits to theatres and film trips.

The department has become well known as the school’s creative hub. Our three annual productions are of the highest quality, the Lower and Upper School Productions and our Year 7 Showcase, and provide an entertaining platform on which the many hidden talents of our pupils can be enjoyed. A magical mix of dance, singing, special effects, and of course the highly-praise acting which comes as standard, make for memorable evenings each year.

Extra-curricular opportunities include debating and public speaking, creative writing and a well-established Literary Society. The department provides opportunities to develop self-confidence, team work, creativity as well as skills which can be transferred across to many other subjects. Pupils constantly excel in external competitions and represent the College in various fields, often at a national level, such as recent triumphs in the English Speaking Union.

The College can proudly count among its alumni two leading Oxbridge academics, the J R R Tolkien Professor of English at Oxford, Vincent Gillespie, and Professor of English 2000 at Cambridge, John Kerrigan. Best-selling science fiction author Dr Stephen Baxter is another Old Edwardian who retains strong ties with the College. Our past pupils frequently return to share their experiences and insight through lectures, workshops and Q&A sessions.

 

English Language and Literature GCSE Clubs and Revision Sessions 2017


Stretch and Challenge – open to all pupils in Year 11:

  • Friday 3rd March - Writing about Language 
  • Friday 10th March - Poetry 
  • Friday 17th March - An Inspector Calls and PETAL 
  • Friday 24th March - Literature Paper One 
  • Friday 31st March - The Writing Section

All revision sessions will take place in English 5 from 3:30 – 4:15pm.

Every Tuesday, 3:30pm-4:15pm in English 5 – drop in English Club.