As a core subject and the medium of communication across the school, English is central to our planning and practice at St. Christopher's. Members of the department strive to make English as accessible, exciting and stimulating as possible so that the pupils are engaged with the teaching material and keen learners who want to investigate and take a degree of responsibility for their own progress. Consequently, the English team regularly update set texts and take children out of school to the theatre and various workshops. In addition to this we visit The Globe Theatre in London and take pupils to see performances by contemporary authors in a variety of locations. The Year 8 pupils study poetry in preparation for Scholarship and Common Entrance exams and we visit the Bovington Tank Museum as part of our exploration of the poetry inspired by the Great War.
We offer regular drama lessons in school and invite a large number of speakers in to talk to the pupils. Recent visitors have included the well-known popular novelists Nicky Singer and Peter James, and the story-teller Adam Bushnell entertained the school earlier this year. In addition to this members of the English team play a pivotal role in producing the school performances. In the last few years members of the department have made major contributions to A Midsummer Night's Dream, staged in Hove Park, Peace Child, performed at The Old Market, Hove, and Bugsy Malone.