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English is taught by a highly qualified and enthusiastic team.  Our aim is to deliver a curriculum that provides cultural capital and contextualised learning of English Language and Literature, ensuring that skills are developed and built upon with each unit of work. Our vision is to equip students with the knowledge and ability required to succeed in academia and life beyond Astley Cooper.

English is the underpinning medium through which all subjects are taught. Furthermore, the breadth and depth of English result in the subject covering aspects of philosophy, media, politics, history, sociology, religious studies, ethics and psychology.

In a rapidly changing and diverse modern society it is vital that this multifaceted subject explore sensitive and controversial viewpoints and perspectives, challenging and discussing them in safe and supportive teaching environments.

Within The Astley Cooper School’s English Department we encourage students to become critical thinkers and autonomous learners, encouraging students to become confident in their analysis and use of the English language.

We aim to inspire students through the study of Literature and nurture their creativity through English Language lessons.

We want every child to complete their GCSE English Language and Literature exams knowledge rich and secure in their application of English skills, empowering them to progress onto GCE English Literature, and other Post - 16 qualifications, and employment, confident and competent in their use and understanding of English. 

Subject Leader, Mrs N Protheroe