The English Faculty at Pate's believe that the study of English is fundamental to success in every other subject; in building the tools of effective written and spoken communication, students acquire an invaluable life skill . But more than this, we believe the inspirational teaching of English can enrich and enhance every aspect of life, as through the reading of a wide variety of texts, students gain creativity, flexibility, resilience and empathy. This is achieved through a rich programme of study with schemes of work that are challenging, enjoyable and responsive to the needs of our students. A love of reading is fostered from day one; Pate's retains discrete library lessons throughout key stages 3 and 4. Students are encouraged to develop open, enquiring minds within warm, supportive classroom environments where their opinions are listened to and valued. This is supported by a systematic focus on the technical and language skills that are necessary to facilitate fluency on paper, so that pupils can express their ideas to full advantage.
At GCSE, we currently offer the Edexcel qualification in English Language and English Literature. Teaching in mixed ability groups, we work hard to both support those who need it whilst stretching the most able, giving students a thorough grounding in the requirements of the exam whilst still seeking to nurture a deep and abiding love of literature.
In the Sixth Form, we deliver the Cambridge Pre-U qualification, feeling that this best fits the committed and high-achieving students we attract. A qualification that is unashamedly based on a love of literature and reading, it offers students the opportunity to explore the delights of close, detailed analysis of texts whilst also considering the contexts of their production and reception, and also to read widely beyond the syllabus, culminating in the production of a completely self-directed extended essay. It is a qualification that rewards enthusiasm, creativity and originality and is very popular with both students and staff. In addition, it allows students to achieve beyond the A* of A-Level, which permits the truly able to display their true potential.
English is a popular university course choice, both in single honours and in combination with other subjects, along with Liberal Arts and Film Studies, and we have sent students to many top universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Warwick and Bristol. Once at university, our students continue to excel; at the last count, our alumni have gained 5 PhDs in the last five years, with other students going on to work in television, radio, publishing and PR, as well as banking, management consultancy and NGOs.
Away from the classroom the faculty facilitates reading and creative writing groups, regular trips to the theatre (in conjunction with the drama department) and competing in debating and public speaking competitions, both within school and at regional, national and even international level.
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"The English department at Pate's has given me a gift for life - a love of literature" (Year 13 Pupil)