'Clever people will do clever things' - Charles Handy
We within the English department strive to prepare our pupils to be those clever people who can do the clever things. The best way that we can achieve this is to be the role-model organisation where clever people are already doing clever things. This will provide a momentum among our pupils that will lead them to value their classroom experiences in English and seek to achieve the best results.
The primary aim of the English Department at Sir William Robertson is to ensure that the students who come to learn in our department progress in their English skills in such a way that they reach their maximum potential. We encourage our students to strive for excellence and value their achievements, even if these achievements are modest. Valuing the contributions of others will be a feature of most lessons. All students are encouraged to see themselves as poets, linguists, dramatists, critics or writers, and we challenge them to develop their expertise in all these areas.
The English Department creates an environment where students feel secure and can maximise their achievement. The school’s ASPIRE philosophy is central to the ethos of the department. We hope that students leaving SWRHS will have enjoyed their experience in English and will nurture the interests and enthusiasms that they have developed with us. We also aim to ensure that the range of English skills which students will have developed in English will have equipped them for the world beyond school.
This is not just achieved within the walls of our lessons though, but through an extended curriculum which encourages students to see that English is not just a lesson to be learnt but an outlook or perspective that is holding hands with our dreams and visions. These are just some of the things we do to show that English is more than a subject in their mandatory education;
- Shakespeare for Schools festival
- Slam Jam
- Book week
- Free books for schools
- Lego punctuation
- Poet Laureate
- Cross curricular links
- English club
- Media editing studies (photoshop and video editing)
- The Times Spelling Bee
Finally, the school is implementing a new virtual learning zone (VLE) which will make homework and revision material accessible online, night or day, making support available to them 24/7. This will become especially important for GCSE where revision material for exams will be a regular part of their development.