Thursday 09 April 2020


The English department aims to:

Inspire creative and enquiring minds through exposure to a wealth of high quality literary texts.

Develop confident and passionate speakers, readers and writers who can go on to make valuable contributions to society.

The study of English gives pupils an appreciation of the world  through an understanding of how language works. The English team at Thornhill aim to help pupils to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening so that they can engage with and appreciate the variety of language they are surrounded by in daily life. English presents the opportunity to be expressive and creative as well as appreciative of the language of others.

Every English teacher at Thornhill has a real passion for literature. Great writers help us to make sense of the world around us. We can lose ourselves in the life of a character which increases our power of empathy. A full range of texts, giving a taste of British heritage as well as cultures from around the world are studied  including works by Dickens, Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Browning and a range of contemporary writers.

In Speaking and Listening and writing activities we have the opportunity to express ourselves in real  as well as imaginary situations, developing self confidence as well as the all too important communication skills which are essential to us in our day to day lives.

As a department we aim to provide opportunities for pupils to engage in extra-curricular activities which celebrate the power of language. Below we give you a flavour of the many things on offer:

  • Weekly Film Club
  • Newsletter Team
  • Competitions
  • Writer Workshops
  • Renaissance Reading

Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. When I cannot see words curling like rings of smoke round me I am in darkness—I am nothing.”: Virginia Wolfe

The great majority of students make at least good progress from a well below average starting point when they join the school in Year 7.

OFSTED (English themed inspection report)