The English department at Wetherby is made up of three subject specialists who between them have nearly twenty years experience leading similar departments at some of London’s top independent day schools.
All boys study English Language and English Literature up until the end of GCSE, after which they have the option to continue their studies in both subjects at A Level, as well as in related fields such as Theatre Studies and Film.
teaching and learning
Boys in years 7-9 have four periods of English per week. Lessons are based around the study of a variety of fiction and non fiction texts, from Shakespeare to science fiction, classic poetry to contemporary journalism, and graphic novels to web sites and advertising. As well as developing pupils into critical, independent readers and learners through the study of such texts, we also use them as a springboard to develop boys’ skills as writers of different genres and styles.
Reading for pleasure is central to the English curriculum at Wetherby, and as well as written prep all boys in years 7-11 are set daily reading assignments during the week and at weekends, a programme which includes not just the English department but the whole academic faculty of the school.
Boys are can get involved in the Future Writers Club as part of the Activities programme, and will take part in school, local and national competitions during the course of the year. We also make use of our location in one of the greatest cities in the world to organise trips to the theatre, the cinema and other places of significant cultural and literary interest.
The English department is made up of four dedicated teaching rooms, each with interactive boards using the Tango software environment. We have a wide range of fiction, non fiction and film resources to help foster the love and enjoyment of literature and writing which underpin our approach to both the subject and the wider curriculum. In addition, the Learning Resources Centre in the basement of the Bulstrode building is a place where boys can access further challenging fiction and non fiction covering the whole of the academic and creative curriculum, as well as our online subscriptions to databases such as Junior Britannica and Britannica Image Quest.