English

In TH White’s Once and Future King, Merlin tells a despondent young Arthur: “The best thing for being sad…is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then – to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it.”

As teachers in the English Department, we live this Merlinesque Magic every day. The open and inquiring minds of our cherished charges are always teaching us the whys and whats of our wagging world.

The IEB English syllabus encourages us to explore many aspects of literature, film and language in a broad and exciting way. We believe that the single most important skill in English today is… READING. This will also improve comprehension in other subjects.

English Students often question the relevance of studying older texts – particularly Shakespeare. Well…the English Department believes that studying English without looking at some of the writings of the great Bard would be a bit like trying to construct a pizza without a pizza base – pretty futile. We hope that the way we present the plays shows the students that there is much to be enjoyed in these extraordinary texts.

Head of Department: Mrs Vivienne Lamplough