The Head of the English Department will be an inspiring, dynamic and well qualified graduate possessing excellent language and literary skills, capable of teaching English to Advanced and Oxbridge level. The successful candidate will have a genuine passion for their subject, a love of scholarship and the ability to enthuse pupils about literature and language. With excellent leadership and inter-personal skills, they will be committed to ensuring high standards of teaching and learning, creating a culture of collaboration and supporting the professional development of colleagues in the department. There are 3 full-time and 3 part-time members of the English Department.
The Head of Department will have a pivotal role in increasing the profile of the subject across the school, building strong relationships with colleagues, pupils and parents. They are expected to contribute fully to the development of the whole community in accordance with the aims of the school.
The Head of Department will be responsible to the Deputy Head (Academic) regarding the development of the curriculum, pedagogy, timetabling and budgets.
Members of the department teach classes from Years 7 to 13, and prepare girls for GCSE and A level examinations. We have followed the AQA (9-1) GCSE syllabus since September 2016. All girls take both English and English Literature GCSE examinations. At A Level, we follow the Edexcel board. The number of periods taught per week varies from four to five for Years 7 to 11 with A Level students being taught for eight lessons per week. Girls applying to Oxford or Cambridge to read English have the opportunity of attending enrichment classes. There are currently two A Level groups and the teaching of each group is split between two teachers.
We have a tradition in the department of encouraging strong, original, creative writing and girls have regular language lessons to provide them with a good foundation of grammar for their writing. We consider accuracy in all features of writing important. We study a broad range of literature from Shakespeare to contemporary authors and aim to give girls an appreciation of works which they might not read on their own. We teach Shakespeare from Year 7.
We arrange trips to the theatre and study days and invite theatre workshop groups to the school. All teachers in the department are required to assist in such visits.