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Our Head of Department is a subject specialist who ensures the creation of a fun yet challenging curriculum, and as they deliver this our dedicated English teachers strive to develop an enthusiasm and love for the subject. Staff all work closely with the Learning Support and English as an Additional Language Departments, ensuring each and every pupil can reach their full potential.

Our Head of Department is a subject specialist who ensures the creation of a fun yet challenging curriculum, and as they deliver this our dedicated English teachers strive to develop an enthusiasm and love for the subject. Staff all work closely with the Learning Support and English as an Additional Language Departments, ensuring each and every pupil can reach their full potential.

Pupils spend their time in English exploring a wide range of captivating literature, discovering an array of exciting authors, and all the while developing the skills needed to write interestingly, imaginatively and analytically. From Year 3 in the Prep School the curriculum is aligned with the National Curriculum. From Year 6 pupils follow a Common Entrance and Scholarship syllabus leading up to examinations at 13+. This allows teachers to go into greater depth, encouraging children to be independent, original and reflective in their work.

This is supported by extracurricular events such as regular theatre trips for each year group and a bi-annual book fair held at the school to further instil a love of reading. Abberley Hall has a fantastic reading culture and is fortunate to have a wonderful library. All pupils have allotted reading time in the library each week used for reading independently or aloud to their teacher, setting new targets or choosing new novels.

In addition, the Speaking Verse and Prose and Speech competitions are annual events which pupils work hard and enjoy preparing for. Reading competitions, World Book Day celebrations, and the Abberley Times student newspaper and the weekly library club - affectionately named the 'Armchair Adventure Club' - are all met with enthusiasm.

By the time a pupil leaves Abberley Hall, they should feel comfortable with speaking in public, expressing opinions in debate and reading aloud amongst their peers, well prepared for the journey into GCSEs, as well as being rounded, broad thinking individuals.