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.

The practices and conventions of English usage are taught and attention is given to spelling, punctuation and presentation; broadening vocabulary; essay structure; planning, drafting, improving and proof-reading work. All pupils read a wide range of literary texts, including Shakespearean plays, and pay specific attention to background, themes, characterisation, diction, imagery, symbolism and other effects such as the use of rhythm and rhyme. Pupils experiment with a variety of forms and styles such as letters, diaries, play scripts, autobiography, articles, book and theatre reviews, factual records and instructions