Senior - English

The English Department at St. Francis’ aims to instill and encourage in each pupil: a love of literature; an understanding of self, of other people and of society; an appreciation of the use of language and their ability to use language accurately and appropriately, according to purpose and context; the development of critical capacities and self-confidence.

Our experienced and passionate English teachers provide girls with every opportunity to develop a love for the written and spoken word. We aim for high standards, encourage creativity and individual expression and put a strong focus on the value of independent reading.

Overview of Curriculum

Years 7-11

Students read a wide range of texts, including fiction, non-fiction, Shakespeare, poetry, prose and drama.  Texts are studied in close detail to develop students’ understanding of ideas and their ability to analyse features of written style. Students are encouraged in their wider independent reading through weekly lessons in the College Library.

Students develop their ability to write accurately and effectively in a variety of styles, as appropriate to different audiences and purposes.

GCSE students follow the AQA English Language and English Literature specifications.

A Level students follow the OCR English Literature specification.  
A wide range of texts are studied in close detail and students are encouraged to develop confidence in expressing their own interpretations, informed by wider background and critical reading.

Year 7 girls await the start of the RSC's production of 'Matilda'