2019 – 2020, despite obvious problems we’ve all experienced with lockdown, has been another productive year for the English Department. Key Stage 3 pupils participated in several very successful Poetry Slam competitions. Year 9 pupils went two hugely successful trips. The English Department will continue to be an associate member of the Prince’s, Teaching Trust, which will not only bring together departments throughout the school, but schools throughout the country in a network of expertise designed to enthuse young people in English.
Year 11 students enjoyed a very lively production of A Christmas Carol in November.
At Key Stage Five, year 13 students enjoyed enriching their learning via the trip to the Keats House museum in Hampstead, North London.
Media Studies has continued to go from strength to strength. Students have been very fortunate to benefit from new equipment which has allowed them to produce outstanding practical work for coursework. Students have produced extremely original film openings at AS and music videos at A2. A workshop by a media industry expert broadened students’ understanding of the subject and enhanced their learning considerably; the students even had the opportunity in a workshop to learn how the news is produced. After school clubs have proved to be very popular; the weekly Film Club has introduced students to new genres and styles of film. Students have shown real enthusiasm for their work and many have spent a considerable amount of after school time on their projects.
Overall, it has been an exciting and challenging year and we hope to emulate this with a bigger and better 2020-21.