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The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School

A Church of England School

English is a core subject due to its importance in modern-day life and, in terms of education, for accessing other subject areas. Students learn how to work collaboratively, express their views effectively, and develop the quality of their written communication. In addition to this, there is a strong emphasis on improving verbal communication; individual presentations, group discussions, and dramatic performances are delivered to an audience. A solid understanding of the world of media – i.e. advertising, film, radio, etc – is also embedded into the English curriculum.  

English Literature increases students’ appreciation and awareness of cultural heritage and development. Various texts are studied addressing issues such as gender dynamics, racial attitudes, and social responsibilities. The course includes a variety of genres of literature and involves the exploration of plays, novels, short stories, and poetry. Analytical skills are significantly developed and students’ expression is enhanced. The discipline of close reading and sustained analysis form a strong foundation for many career paths.