The English curriculum at Pangbourne is designed to develop excellent literacy and communication skills whilst encouraging students to enjoy and appreciate a kaleidoscopic range of literature from the past one thousand years.

As a core subject, the study of English underpins student achievement across the wider curriculum. Accordingly, there is a strong focus on reading for pleasure and the practical essentials of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Our experienced teachers have a wide range of literary interests across different periods and genres and we pride ourselves on our success in examinations and the fantastic progress made by our students. Classes range from around 10 to 20 students, who learn through a varied combination of independent study and group work and discussion.

In Forms 1-3, students follow an augmented version of the National Curriculum designed around the study of a Shakespeare play, a novel and selected poetry, alongside discrete writing skills and genres in preparation for IGCSE.

All students take the Edexcel IGCSEs in English Language and English Literature, with approximately two-thirds achieving A* and A grades.

Many students choose to continue their study of English into the Sixth Form. We offer the OCR English Literature A-Level, a dynamic course which encourages lively debate and original interpretation of some of the greatest works ever written in English.

Outside the syllabus, there are many English clubs and societies for students such as book groups, creative writing clubs and a journalism society. We regularly invite professional writers to visit the College to run workshops and the students enjoy a wide range of theatre trips that enrich their study of play texts.

The Department
Mr Matthew Coolin

Head of English and Head of Gifted & Talented                                          
BA (Hons) English, Media and Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent University and MA (Hons) Education, PGCE English, University of Nottingham

Ms Vicky BryanAssistant Head of English
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, University of Western Ontario, MA Modern Literature and Culture, Universitry of York, PGCE English to Post 16, University of Huddersfield, PGCE English in Secondary Schools, University of Cambridge
Ms Alex Brinkman-Young Teacher of English and EPQ Coordinator

BA Theatre and History, Columbia University, USA and MA English Literature, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford

Mr Roger Cheeseman
Teacher of English and Head of Film Studies
BEd English and Movement Studies, University of London, Cert Ed English and Physical Education, Nonington College of Physical Education and DipEd Special Needs, Curriculum Development and Social Anthropology, University of Bristol
Dr Clare Harraway Teacher of English and Film Studies
BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Exeter, MA Shakespeare Studies, The Shakespeare Institute and DPhil English Literature, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Mr Joe Lewis
Teacher of English and Housemaster of Port Jackson                                                              
BA (Joint Hons) English and Italian, University of Leeds and PGCE Secondary English, Roehampton University