Why read?

This simple question lies at the very heart of the RGS’s approach to studying English. It underpins all of the work undertaken by boys when they arrive with us in Year 7 and Year 8, and provides the key focus of these early years: to instil a love of reading that will provide a life time’s enjoyment.  It is reading that provides the gateway through which the rules of language can be explored and the discipline of essay writing discovered, as well as providing the starting point through which we focus on GCSE skills such as analysis, speaking and listening and the deconstruction of media messages.

This focus on literature is continued throughout the GCSE years, where all boys study both GCSE English Literature and English Language as discreet qualifications, and the department achieves enviable success in both these examinations.

There are nine dedicated members of the English Department staff, all of whom are subject specialists, headed by Sian Corbishley. The enthusiasm and energy of the department ensures a mix of both traditional and innovative teaching methods at all age groups, as well as a range of frequent extra curricular opportunities such as theatre trips and public speaking events. It is this mix of intellectual rigour and exciting learning opportunities that results in English Literature A Level, and English Languageand Literature A Level, being popular and successful choices for a large number of boys at A Level.

For over 30 years the RGS has offered membership of the Vulture Society to all “Culture Vultures” who have an interest in theatre, cinema, art and music.

Our aim is to broaden experience of the arts by providing a balanced programme of visits. Most of the visits are to London, although excursions to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Oxford also occasionally take place. Vulture excursions usually take place on a Thursday evening.

Vulture is open to all boys in the Upper School (Years 10 to 13). Membership is by subscription and the price includes tickets and return transport. The subscription covers a total of four excursions; two in each of the Autumn and Spring terms.

*** The Year 6 Induction Task  Instruction Sheet:  A copy is available by clicking here. ***

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