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It is the aim of the department to foster an enjoyment of language and encourage a love of reading in our students.

We believe that their abilities should be developed within an integrated programme of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, in order that they learn to communicate effectively in their speech and writing, and listen with understanding.

This should also enable our girls to be enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable readers. These skills can be carried with them into other curriculum areas and help them to become independent learners. 

Outside the classroom, the department involves itself in a number of areas of school life. To support the curriculum we offer theatre visits to London, Stratford, Oxford and Milton Keynes as well as holding a Book Fair each term. Recent Senior School drama productions have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Oliver.