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Both English Literature and English Language are rigorous courses that teach students the skills they need to access many other subjects.

The texts we are studying for Literature are challenging but very engaging: Shakespeare’s Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls and an anthology of poetry. The detailed study of the texts will enable girls to access the necessary themes, characters and devices of the authors, thus sharpening their powers of analysis which can be transferred to explore unseen passages and poems. 

In English Language, girls will explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries to develop skills which will prepare them to analyse and compare unseen passages from these genres. An ability to write both creatively and formally is fostered throughout the course; girls develop a fluent, exploratory and mature style that will stand them in good stead for their future.

Challenge & Extension: We expect all girls on the C&E programme to choose mature and sophisticated literature for reading around their texts throughout the course, providing guidance and indeed the books themselves on many occasions. In lessons, we encourage the higher ability students to achieve the sort of analytical and critical exploration expected at Key Stage 5.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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