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In our English teaching at all levels we aim to promote lively talk, debate and discussion, and to encourage creativity and accuracy in expression. We would like newcomers in Years 7 and 12 to be prepared to think creatively and to make their mark on their new school: confidence is encouraged and rewarded. The English Department takes a lead in extra-curricular activities and in House competitions, because we believe that skills of performance (debating, reading aloud), and writing for real audiences, take the subject off the page and out of the classroom. We look to help pupils achieve impressive grades, but we know that too tight a focus on examinations and levels stifles creativity and can be counter-productive. We have more respect for the subject than for the syllabus.
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