The English department comprises 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.