English and English Literature are both core subjects within the school curriculum.
The English Department at St Cuthberts is located in a suite of rooms on the ground floor corridor of the school. English is taught by a team of seven full-time members of staff led by Mrs. A. Carney (English Priority Lead) and Mrs. L. Aspinall (Second in English Department). The rest of the Department includes Mr. I. Gibbins (Literacy Co-ordinator), Miss E. Bowler, Miss C. Feeney, Mrs N. Evans, Mrs. C. McKeagney and Miss K Wilcock.
Whenever the opportunities arise the department gives pupils the opportunity to watch live theatre productions.
Year Seven students have been rewarded for progress in Accelerated Reading by trips to watch Hunger Games and Paddington at Cineworld, St. Helens.
Each year a group of students participate in the annual book awards for St Helens (BASH), reading a selection of nominated books and helping to discover the next J.K. Rowling.
This year a number of our students were entered for a National Short Story Competition.
Every Year Seven student will be enrolled on the Accelerated Reader Programme, enabling us to both celebrate a rich culture of reading for pleasure and to accelerate progress in reading and understanding. Our Learning Resource Base has an excellent range of books for readers of all abilities; we constantly update the stock to reflect the interests of our students and purchase the very latest bestsellers. We also offer reading support where students work with reluctant and struggling readers through our ‘Reading Ambassador’ scheme and other timetabled sessions, led by LSAs and some of our older students.
Every year the English Department celebrate two big national events: World Poetry day and National Book Week by holding special assemblies and by offering a variety of opportunities for pupil involvement in these events.
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