English is an exciting rigorous subject at PHC, taught by passionate and highly qualified experts. We believe strongly in the power of literature to:

  • Unlock the imagination
  • Encourage verbal dexterity
  • Create assured communicators

Key Stage 3

What is important in our view is the ability to use language accurately and precisely and, to this end, we reinforce our lower-school language and literature lessons with regular sessions on spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. These are carefully integrated to complement pupils' creative work.

Key Stages 4 & 5

English is, and always has been, an invaluable qualification, but our greatest desire is to spark critical acumen and to teach students the art of structuring coherent, erudite essays.

Students are urged to evaluate critical material and to engage with the methodologies that have become so important in the last half-century of literary study.