Aims of the Department 

In addition to preparing students fully for GCSE, AS and A2 exams, we aim to foster positive and respectful relationships with all pupils.  We encourage all students to have high aspirations and to achieve to the best of their ability.  We provide appropriate challenge and support according to individual needs.  All members of the department aim to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for the subject.

Department Information

  • The department has six dedicated classrooms and we have access to a fully functional media suite.  All our classrooms are equipped with fixed projectors. 
  • All GCSE students receive over 7 hours of timetabled lessons per-fortnight, and all AS and A2 English Literature students receive over 8 hours of lessons per-fortnight. 
  • We are proud to be able to offer 3 different GCSE options to our students: English, English Language and English Literature.  
  • We also offer a variety of A-level options to our students: English Literature and Media Studies.


Douglas Wise, Head of Department

Anne Dunigan, Assistant Head of Department

Nicky Kemp, Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth-Form

Caroline Burton, Head of the Extended Project Qualification

Laura Steward, Full-time teacher of English and International Schools Co-ordinator

Anita Rai, Full-time teacher of English and SCITT Subject Leader

Issy Lilley-Moncrieff, Full-time teacher of English

Verity Robinson, Full-time teacher of English