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“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seuss, I can read with my eyes shut!

Philosophy of the department:
The English department at Langley Park School for Girls prides itself on offering a rich and varied curriculum which sparks intellectual curiosity and develops students as life-long learners. While we understand that literacy is the key that opens all the other doors in education, we also believe that encouraging our students’ creative potential will enable them in becoming imaginative, informed and independent thinkers and learners. While our lessons are fun-filled, engaging and enjoyable, they also challenge and encourage high levels of accomplishment.

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
Albert Einstein

We believe that the right book has the power to take a student on an emotionally rich journey, transport them in that moment beyond their own world and change forever how they see themselves and others. Across the age range, we explore a wealth of fiction, drama, poetry and non-fiction including literature from the literary canon and world literature and non-literary texts such as newspaper articles and speeches. Our aim is to develop students understanding of universal themes and ideas and to promote an appreciation of literary traditions.

"My father still reads the dictionary every day.
He says your life depends on your power to master words."

Arthur Scargill

We want our students to value the spoken word as much as the written word, and much of our teaching involves students talking about their learning and developing understanding through discussion. Speaking and listening are a fundamental part of learning in all curriculum areas, and in English, we teach our students the art of delivering an interesting and engaging presentation, a persuasive speech and how to debate. We also understand the importance of drama and many of our schemes of learning enable students to build on the skills they have learned in their drama lessons.

What we expect from our students:

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”
Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

We encourage confident self-expression in our students, in both their written and oral work and we promote tolerance, recognising and valuing the opinion of others and students awareness and understanding of the world around them. We promote critical thinking throughout our teaching and actively encourage students to challenge established and traditional readings of texts, even the established traditional readings of their teachers!

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read;
there are only children who have not found the right book.”

Frank Serafini

We expect our students to read; there has been significant research in the benefits of children reading for pleasure, including both educational and personal benefits and there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment. Our schemes of learning give our students opportunities to discover the joys of reading in the classroom, but it is our hope that they then take this beyond school and read at home.

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours”
Alan Bennett, The History Boys

The English Team:

Shona McCarthy, Head of English

Muna Ahmad

Saadia Ali, 2i/c English

Alice Badham, Acting Head of Media

Anne Bellingham

Hayley Crawford

Tim Green, Whole School Literacy & Oracy Coordinator

Rachel Morgan, Director of Sixth Form Wellbeing

Annabel Neburagho-Bishop, Head of Film and Media

Jennifer O'Sullivan

Jennifer Stuart

Jordan Walker, i/c KS5 English Literature & Language and Acting 2 i/c English