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Exploring English at The Westgate School enriches our students and offers an opportunity to be immersed in the worlds of both fiction and non-fiction texts which are carefully selected to ignite passion, challenge, enthusiasm and engagement. As a department we pride ourselves on our strong moral purpose to prepare every student not only for the classroom, but for the ever-changing world- offering a wide range of tailored extra-curricular opportunities to explore both historical and current matters, deepening and broadening their understanding of the world in which they live. Students will be #equippedforlife with a broad range of skills and knowledge and the confidence to interact with these through critical thinking.

Our English curriculum offers a wide range of voices and experiences across different genders, cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Students will interact with these experiences to broaden their cultural awareness. Sharing passion for this subject helps to spark a passion for reading, writing and speaking and listening. With strong links to our whole school vision of nurturing through creativity and the discovering of their voice, opinions and ideas are shared and developed through exploratory talk, which is an integral part of our curriculum here at The Westgate, enabling students to achieve their personal best. Through English, we aim to challenge students to think differently and cultivate their own thoughts and opinions on the literary canon. 

Learning Journey

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ~Dr. Seuss