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English is central to the curriculum at Davenies. Language is the vehicle through which boys acquire knowledge and skills in other subjects, and it allows them to reflect upon and apply that learning. We consider the role of this Department to be rather a special one!

Learning in our English lessons is fun – it is an adventure into the realms of other people’s experiences and imaginations. It involves time travel, back to the time of Shakespeare, and magic, as we explore how metaphors can transform the way we understand the most mundane things. It is about encountering the most fascinating individuals with unique and powerful voices and stories to share. And it involves encouraging each boy to find his own voice – perhaps the most exciting and rewarding aspect of all.

We are lucky to work closely with a dedicated Learning Support team, and our staunchest ally, our wonderful school Librarian. We use the Accelerated Reader scheme to encourage and challenge the boys to pursue their love of books. Creative writing clubs and public speaking competitions also enhance the work of this lively and enthusiastic Department.


Christopher Wood

Head of English

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