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The English Department at Paulet consists of a team of seven very passionate and enthusiastic bibliophiles. We work together, jointly planning lessons to ensure a vibrant and varied curriculum for our students. Our aim is to make each and every one of our students a successful reader, writer and orator. We are proud to celebrate reading every week with our weekly Drop Everything and Read sessions, our fun-filled National Book Week festival and our Word of the Week focus.

We occupy a suite of rooms in the central part of the school, and have access to the atrium as well as outdoor classrooms. There is ready access to the excellent ICT facilities elsewhere in the school, including a bank of laptops and a set of iPads that can be used within the classroom. In addition to this, our well-stocked library is at the heart of the department and used regularly to support learning and research.

Key Stage 3 students study English for three hours per week. Our curriculum is designed to engage and inspire students with challenging texts and materials. In years 7 and 8, students also have an additional reading lesson. Timetabled in the library, they access Accelerated Reader – a program designed to enrich their reading for pleasure.

In year 9 we prepare the students for their GCSE course by introducing them to their key literature texts through drama and fun, creative tasks. 

We are proud that at Paulet all of our students study both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Students study with us for four hours in year 10 and five hours in year 11. The AQA specification we follow allows for close examination and enjoyment of whole texts as well as theatre visits.

Our linear A Level English Literature course is very popular and offers students the chance to study a breadth of literature. There are five hours of lessons per week and classes will usually have two teachers – each responsible for one exam paper. Taught in our dedicated English room in the sixth form centre, a range of poetry, prose and drama texts are explored. There are also plenty of opportunities for visits to the cinema and theatre. We are also proud to be part of the RSC’s Shakespeare Live screenings.

Many of our students go onto study English Literature at university!


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A Level exam board: a-level/english- literature-a-7711-7712

Head of Department: Alison Howard

Lead Teacher: Claire McArthur


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