English is a study of literature, language, culture, and history in addition to developing creative writing skills. In the lower years at Lucton, pupils study a wide variety of genres and authors, from poetry to prose, and Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy.
English Language encourages students to investigate and analyse language and to experiment and use it creatively. Speaking and listening skills are assessed, as are creative and analytical writing, and the reading of literary and non-literary texts, both through assessment and examination. A minimum grade 5 in English Language GCSE is essential for many university courses and professions.
The English Literature course allows pupils to explore a range of literature drawn from modern texts, many of which have had a significant influence on our English literary and cultural heritage.
For Sixth Form students, A Level English Literature will significantly develop their enjoyment and appreciation of literature, and we encourage our Sixth Form to read and research widely; in many cases having freedom over their choice of text. Furthermore, in addition to the more traditional essay, students are able to analyse the approach of playwrights and are able to produce theatrical work of their own.