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Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr

The careful acquisition of language and the ability to write freely, inventively and accurately are central to our teaching of English. Our aim is to ensure that each pupil achieves their full potential in their time at Oakham, and to instil a joy in the subject.

The English Department comprises a close-knit group of subject specialists, who are committed to sharing their own enthusiasm for the subject, to students of all ages.

In the Lower School (Years 6–8), we focus on consolidating spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as promoting good habits, such as alert and intelligent reading. The weekly library lessons are central to reinforcing our pupils’ love of reading through the reading schemes that have been established in conjunction with library staff.

In Form 3 (Year 9), unfettered by public exams, we focus on providing a transition to GCSE by exploring texts and styles of writing and enhancing pupils’ skills.

At GCSE pupils follow courses in English Language and English Literature.

Post 16 students can study English Literature at A-level or in the IB Diploma and ensure those seeking to pursue English beyond School are very well prepared for making their university applications, through Oxbridge classes, extension sessions, and, where possible, theatre trips.