We strive to engender an intellectual curiosity, high academic standards and a life-long love of learning in all of our students.
- We believe that reading is the key to success, not only in English but across a whole range of subjects, and we ensure that students of all abilities are challenged and taken out of their comfort zone through the study of classic texts from the literary canon. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to make these great stories accessible to each and every one of our students, regardless of ability. From the epics of Ancient Greece to Shakespeare, from the Romantic poets to Dickens and Orwell, we provide a curriculum which takes our students through the story of English literature with the aim of empowering our girls with the cultural knowledge which has shaped our collective thinking through the ages.
- In addition, we actively encourage students to read for pleasure through independent reading schemes, class discussions and extra-curricular activities.
- We want our pupils to be effective, articulate communicators, with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of grammar, with wide vocabularies and with the confidence, creativity and fluency to express themselves skilfully in speech and writing.
- We aim to create a safe, friendly learning environment in which every student feels confident to participate fully and motivated to realise their potential.
Ms Val Koczy
Head of Dept
Mr Mike Muralee
Deputy Head of Dept
Miss Chloe Butlin
Miss Catherine Rogan
Miss Laura Stamp
Miss Leanne Bevan
English and Drama
Mr Bob McKirdy
Ms Lizzie Atkinson
English and Year Leader
Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.
Both literary and non-literary material provides the basis for language study and serve as resources for developing writing, and speaking and listening skills. Students learn to understand and use English accurately for practical purposes and to appreciate the variety and flexibility of English so that they are aware of the possibilities for creative and imaginative expression that it offers.
Students at BHS take the AQA GCSE qualifications and study English Language and English Literature simultaneously across the two year programme of study. The course includes oral and written presentation of ideas and the study of several literary and non-fiction texts.
Students develop as confident, independent and reflective readers pursuing their interest in literary studies through reading widely, independently and critically.