Mrs N Walker – English Subject Leader
Mr J Diggory – English Assistant Subject Leader (responsible for Key Stage 3)

Mr S Fink – Teacher of English (responsible for Literacy)

Miss E Rawlings – Teacher of English (Teacher in Charge of Film Studies)

Mrs P Law – Teacher of English

Miss B McConville – Teacher of English (Senior Leader)

Ethos of the Department

To ensure that the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda permeates every aspect of our work

Objectives: To ensure that

  1. Each child feels valued and secure.
  2. Each child makes academic progress.
  3. Each child is aware of her potential and her strengths and areas for improvement.
  4. Each child is given realistic but challenging targets to facilitate progress.
  5. Each child understands what she is being asked to do and how tasks will facilitate progress.
  6. Each child is given the opportunity to voice ideas and contribute positively to lessons.
  7. Each child has high self-esteem even if she struggles with some aspects of the subject.
  8. Each child feels able to ask for help and advice.
  9. Each child genuinely believes English lessons are worthwhile.


English Enrichment activities 2017-18

 28th Sep: National Poetry Day

All classes across the curriculum had a poem read to them at the start of their lessons.

 3rd Oct: Open Evening poetry competition

Year 6 pupils came to visit the school and were given the opportunity to enter a poetry competition on the theme of Freedom. Our winner was Oyinkansola Akaro.

A feeling everyone has

The flutter of wings

The roar of a lion

Your choices

Lay in your hands


How can you be free?

Don’t be afraid

Express yourself

Show yourself to the world.


12th Dec: ‘A Christmas Carol’ performance

Years 9, 10 and 11 were given the opportunity to watch a performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Quantum Theatre Company.


Nov and Dec: Readathon

Year 8 pupils were invited to take part in a sponsored Readathon run by Read for Good and in aid of their Hospital programme providing storytellers and books to children in hospital. They raised £360 which beat all the previous amounts raised by Year 8 over the 7 years that Sacred Heart has been supporting Readathon.


26th Feb: Globe trip to see ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

We braved the cold and snow to take Year 8 to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London to see a performance of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.



9th Mar: World Book Day

Having postponed World Book Day due to the snow, staff embraced their opportunity to dress up as fictional characters. Each department chose a novel to ‘be’ and the pupils had to try and guess all the teachers’ characters.

Spring term: Reading challenge

127 girls took part in an Inter-House Reading Challenge and read 580 books were read in total. The results were:

1st place           Thanet             8 points

2nd Place          Whitby             6 points

3rd Place          Rievaulx          4 points

4th Place          Lindisfarne      2 points

Hilary Tse was overall winner, reading 66 books!


14th May: Mental Health Awareness Week poetry competition

The English department ran a poetry competition in support of the school’s Mental Health Week. Our winning entry was from Elisabeta Darie.

Second place went to Dominika Pacholec with ‘Drained’:


18th Jun: Healthy Living Week ‘Recipe for Life’ writing competition

The English department ran a creative writing competition in support of the school’s Healthy Living Week. Our winning entry was from Cara Treacy.



27th Jun: Year 10 ‘Macbeth’ workshop with Chicken and Frog bookshop

We were gifted a visit from Brentwood’s Chicken and Frog bookshop who ran a session with Year 10 on ‘Macbeth’.


17th Jul: Year 9 Spelling Bee

After 15 weeks of spelling tests in class, the Year 9 winners took part in a Spelling Bee. Our overall winner was Jewel Emereonye.



A Level English Literature specification


GCSE English Language specification


GCSE English Literature specification