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Bryanston’s thriving English Department is located in the heart of the main building.

In teaching English language and literature to a wide range of abilities the department is able to play to the strengths of both learner and teacher.

In the lower school we focus on introducing pupils to the three main literary genres, giving them a solid grounding in analytical and conceptual writing.

For the sixth form pupils, who study either A levels or the IB Diploma, there are plenty of opportunities to consider the subject beyond the syllabus, with off-site visits as well as visiting guest speakers, and we have a healthy number who apply to read English at university each year.

Emily Weatherby
Head of English



IGCSE English Literature (CIE – 0992)

IGCSE English Language (AQA – 8700)

A level

Component 1 – Drama and poetry pre-1900 (exam – 40%)

Component 2 – Comparative and contextual study (exam - 40%)

Component 3 – Literature post-1900 (coursework – 20%)

International Baccalaureate

Language Group 1 (Literature) – Higher and standard level.

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English outside the classroom

Pupils with an interest in writing, whether as aspiring future writers or simply for fun, can get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities (ECAs).

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English Trips and Events

The English Department hold a number of trips and events each year to encourage pupils to look at the world of English outside of school life.