In the English Department we believe that an important aspect of our role is to develop every student’s sense of self-worth and to promote the importance of understanding and respecting all members of society, their personal experiences, and their beliefs. We promote a love and a respect of language and literature across all year groups to ensure students’ lives are enriched through a diverse and varied study of texts.
We strive to ensure our students have a strong knowledge of Literature and are confident in their ability to access language so that they are equipped to participate fully in public, cultural, and working life when they leave Prince Henry’s.
Our work as a department aims to provide students with the requisite skills to develop a voice in society that is unique, clear, reflective and respectful of others in both the written and the spoken word.
KEY STAGE 3
English in Year 9 is a vibrant and popular subject comprising Language, Literature, and Drama. All these aspects of the subject are integral parts of the final year of KS3. A skills-based approach is taken throughout the year to prepare students for their end of year exam and to prepare them for their next step into the GCSE courses.
KEY STAGE 4
In Years 10 and 11 students are prepared for their GCSEs in English Language and Literature for which we follow the AQA Specification. Although the examination board separates English Language and English Literature we teach them as elements of the same lessons to ensure blended learning so that students have the opportunity to practise a range of skills throughout the courses.
KEY STAGE 5
The department offers English Literature, English Language, and Film Studies to A Level. Each A level set is shared by two teachers. The minimum entry requirement for these courses is two Grade Cs in English Language and English Literature.
Creative Writing Competitions
This is your opportunity to indulge your creative writing talent and win prizes in a wide range of exciting competitions throughout the year.
Carnegie Shadowing & Worcestershire Teen Book Award
Get involved with other students to form a panel of judges to decide which of the shortlisted novels for young people should win the Worcestershire Teen Book Award and the prestigious Carnegie Award each year.
Local and National Competitions
Where possible, we provide opportunities for students to take part in competitions such as Evesham’s Festival of Words. Foyle Young Potet of the Year, and other writing competitions.
Where possible, we try to provide opportunities for students to see a text performed. In recent years, we have been fortunate to see A Christmas Carol and Othello, Jekyll and Hyde, An Inspector calls.
To complement students’ understanding of texts, we endeavour to take them to physical locations where they are set. In A Level Literature, we offer students the opportunity to visit Haworth whilst we study Jane Eyre and we also offer students the chance to visit the battlefields in Belgium to help further their understanding of WW1 as we study texts such as Regeneration, My Boy Jack and a collection of Wilfred Owen’s War Poetry.
Over a 2 week period Year 9 will enjoy a range of Drama activities which will introduce them to some of the fun aspects of Drama and also introduce Drama skills that are integral to the requirements of Drama at GCSE. They will take part in Mime, Spontaneous Improvisation/Improvisation games, Roleplay, Thought-tracking and other key skills which will link to the English curriculum, but also provide them with a taste of Drama at GCSE for when they choose their option subjects.