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Our curriculum is designed to engage and inspire; students study a variety of texts that cover a diverse range of topics and genres. We aim to foster students who are effective communicators, who have cultural capital, who possess an enquiring mind, who are open to reading for pleasure, who can understand the power of words and who can write effectively.

It is compulsory to study English at KS3 and KS4. At KS4 all students study and prepare for two English courses: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. At KS5 we offer A Level Literature, as well as A-level Language and Literature.

We aim to enrich the English experience with theatre trips, enrichment days, poetry recitals, debates, drama and book clubs and public speaking competitions.

Books Matter

At St Paul's School for Girls we aim to promote independent and motivated learners and readers; we want to help our pupils to develop a love of reading and a passion for English in order to equip them with the necessary skills for later life. We believe that attainment and reading go hand in hand, and reading is an essential skill for all areas of the curriculum.

Literacy skills are essential for young people to reach their potential in school and allow them to fulfil opportunities throughout life. In England, 5.2 million adults are described as “functionally illiterate”, and it is now more important than ever to develop the literacy and reading skills of our young people.

We are striving to make a difference and there are many strategies that we have in place in order to raise attainment and the profile of reading in our school.

All pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 are expected to have a reading book with them at all times. During lessons each day (on a rotational basis) pupils, as well as teachers will “drop everything and read” for twenty minutes.

KS3 book clubs.

Annual reading and spelling tests are completed by all pupils in KS3 in their English lessons, and results are closely scrutinised by the English department. Any pupils who are identified as having spelling and reading ages under 10 are highlighted for further intervention.


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