English

The vibrant, forward-thinking English Department at Colston’s provides pupils with an exciting and creative curriculum that engages them with a wide range of language and literature texts, from Chaucer and Shakespeare to the study of media and modern, cutting-edge fiction.

Our curriculum is carefully constructed to build skills across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. It is designed both to challenge and to support pupils across the age and ability range, fostering academic curiosity and producing independent, active learners. In addition, all pupils in Years 7 and 8 study functional English, which ensures that they build a solid foundation of literacy skills. 

Our pupils communicate effectively not only in writing, but orally, taking part in discussion and debate, and delivering presentations to their peers. Indeed, their articulacy is frequently commended by work experience employers and university admissions tutors.

We believe that when pupils are fully engaged, they thrive, and our pupils participate enthusiastically in a variety of activities: our annual Poetry Slam, curriculum enrichment days, theatre trips, public speaking competitions, Book Group and the highly competitive Reading Challenge, for which they earn House points. We have strong links with Bristol University, who deliver bespoke extension classes on subjects from Arthurian literature to Keats and Browning.

Our pupils value the support they are given by their dedicated teachers and they benefit from the passion we feel for the subject. We encourage our pupils to have high aspirations; we aim to engender an enthusiasm for language and literature and equip them with the skills they will need to fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions.