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The Scarborough College English Department is a team of four subject specialists: Sarah Grice, Julie Walsh, Sarah Ellis and Sarah Cox. Our fundamental aim is to inspire pupils to share our love of language and literature, whilst helping them to become readers, writers, and communicators who are equipped to survive and thrive in our ever-changing world.
Lower School English is a three-year curriculum designed around age-appropriate thematic units. Starting with ‘Identity’ in Y7 through to ‘Visions of the Future’ in Y9, we give pupils opportunities to read and respond to a range of fiction and non-fiction, develop their creative and discursive writing skills, consolidate and hone their technical accuracy, and become more adept at expressing their points of view.
Throughout Years 7-9, reading is given a high profile. With regular Library lessons, independent reading challenges and ‘Reading Cloud’ accounts for all pupils, we are tireless in our quest to promote reading, both for academic success and for pleasure.
In Years 10 and 11 all pupils study for AQA GCSE qualifications in English Language and English Literature. The foundations for GCSE success are laid from the very beginning of Year 7, as we gradually develop the skills and knowledge required to tackle the challenge of the rigorous 9-1 exams through a vertically integrated curriculum.
At Sixth Form, we offer two IB diploma subjects: Literature, and the combined Language & Literature course. Both require students to study a wide range of texts and provide the necessary grounding in interpretation and analysis for those wanting to read English at university.