Literacy is the heart of any curriculum and we want our pupils to have a sense of enjoyment and purpose about their learning. Reading is fundamental to any development and we are blessed with a wealth of resources and an impressive library in the main hall building, with several age specific libraries in the different sections of the school. We are a large department across the three phases of the school but we work closely together to ensure progression and continuity in the classroom.

We wish to inspire and encourage a child’s creativity, whilst underpinning the 'basics' of grammar, spelling and punctuation. We celebrate National Poetry Day and World Book Day annually and encourage pupils to enter competitions. We enjoy visits from authors and theatre companies, who give performances and run workshops with our pupils. We also take pupils on visits to the theatre.

We work in partnership with parents and encourage them to take an active role in their child’s learning. Every pupil has a reading and spelling log in their prep diary and we strongly encourage parents to record and comment on the reading they do with their child. We work closely with the Drama, Learning Enhancement and English as an Additional Language departments and have strong links with the English department at Repton School.

Provision for those whom English is their second language

It is the aim of the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department that pupils whose first language is not English will be given extra tuition so that they will become increasingly fluent in speaking, reading and writing English. They will be given the necessary support to help them to develop the academic skills required by their other subjects and to integrate fully into school life. 

At the beginning of the academic year, all overseas pupils will be assessed in order to ascertain how much, if any, extra English tuition is needed. Dependent on their level of English, students may join EAL lessons during timetabled English and/or French lessons. Students can also access support from the EAL department for help in all their curriculum subjects. 

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