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Welcome to the English Department



We are an experienced team of 14 full and part-time specialist English teachers who are committed to continuous improvement. We aim to develop imaginative, progressive and reflective teaching with adaptable and individualised lessons. We will allow students time for independent development, to nurture responsive students who are keen to take risks in order to develop enquiring minds.

D Frost Head of English.
Here are the members of the English Department and our latest recommended reads: 
Mr D Frost (Head of English) 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' by Louis de Bernieres
Mrs C Earl (Second in Department) 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by RL Stevenson
Miss S Gordon (Key Stage 3) 'The Good Father' by Noah Hawley
Ms R Ayliffe 'Trash' by Andy Mulligan and 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini
Mr R G Bathie 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' by Richard Bach. 
Miss H Cooke 'The Hobbit' by JRR Tolkein
Ms K Foster 'A Room with a View' by EM Forster
Mrs E Hudghton
Mrs H Johnson ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio
Mr I Lakin 'Three Men in a Boat' by Jerome K Jerome and 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame
Miss S Marsden
Miss S Metcalfe 'The Diving Bell and The Butterfly' by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Miss R Pickering 'A Gathering Light' by Jennifer Donnelly
Mrs R Shaw 'The Gunslinger' by Stephen King
English Learning Mentors:
Mrs M Arrowsmith
Mrs H Johnson
School Librarian:
Mrs S Atkinson
Library Assistant:
Mrs Ames
'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' by Louis de Bernieres Mr Frost
'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. In seeking to discover himself, the brilliant Dr Henry Jekyll discovers a monster. This terrifying thriller brilliantly explores the duality of human beings. Mrs Earl
 'Three Men in a Boat' by Jerome K Jerome - probably the funniest book ever written, perfect for laughing out loud in a sun-kissed back garden and disturbing the neighbours. 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame – the English Pastoral at its best with a wonderful cast of characters.  Mole and Rat’s search for the missing Portly is a particular highlight, culminating in the extraordinary chapter “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” Mr Lakin
'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' by Richard Bach.  This very short, simple book is a glorious introduction to the deepest, most beautiful ideas of philosophy and life’s meaning, and is accessible to anyone aged between nine and ninety-nine.
Mr Bathie   
'The Diving Bell and The Butterfly' by Jean-Dominique Bauby - Based on a true story. A journalist in Paris has a seizure driving to work one day and wakes up to find that he is trapped inside his own body. He learns how to communicate with his nurse by moving one of his eyelids very slightly. This is how he then writes the book – by moving his eyelid to communicate with his nurse who then writes the words for him. The title comes from the way that he describes his body as being the metaphorical diving bell that he is trapped inside of. The butterfly metaphorically relates to his mind and how it still works perfectly. He is able to flutter and fly away in his mind to visit people and places that he misses. An inspirational read!
Miss Metcalfe
'The Hobbit' by JRR Tolkein - A great adventure book which will inspire fans of the Lord of the Rings as you learn more about the history of the characters. The journey of one unlikely protagonist and how he faces Orcs, Elves, Trolls and more in order to help his new friends on their own journey home. Whether you are a fan of Tolkien’s books or the recent films, this is a must read to find out more about what happens in Middle Earth.  Miss Cooke
'The Gunslinger' by Stephen King. The first of 8 novels. You'll enjoy it if you like to emerse yourself in a fantasy universe. Mrs Shaw

‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio. “Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge a boy by his face.”

This is the uplifting story of August Pullman, a smart, funny and courageous boy who just happens to have been born with a facial deformity.  The book follows August and those closest to him as he ventures forth from the safety of his home-schooling into the realities of mainstream education.  The book skilfully manipulates the emotions of the reader and it is one of the few books I can honestly say that I could not put down. Mrs Johnson
'A Room with a View' by EM Forster. The perfect summer romance. Lucy Honeychurch, a young woman on holiday in Italy is torn between two English gentlemen and between her heart and her head. Ms Foster
'A Gathering Light' by Jennifer Donnelly. I first read A Gathering Light when I was at secondary school. It was an instant favourite and still remains one of the most beautifully written and poignant novels I have ever read. The story of the protagonist, Mattie, reaches out to all young people struggling to find their place in the world. The novel's subplot is based on a true murder mystery from the early 1900s. Donnelly entwines this young girl's tragic story sensitively and cleverly with Mattie's own battle and fears of whether she will ever be able to achieve her dream. Well worth a read, especially for those who share Mattie's love of literature and writing. Miss Pickering
'Trash' by Andy Mulligan. It's not trash! It's a poignant tale of rags to riches in an interesting cultural context.
'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini. The other side of 'The Kite Runner'. Ms Ayliffe
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