At Oaklands, students study a Shakespeare play, a modern novel, a 19th century text and a collection of poetry every year. This gives them a thorough understanding of a range of texts as well as preparing them for GCSE.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of speaking and listening activities, including Spoken Word Club, Debate Mate and Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge.
At GCSE, students complete two qualifications: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Both of these papers are completed with the AQA exam board.
At A Level, students study Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Christina Rossetti’s poetry, alongside Dystopian Literature. For their coursework, students compare Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun with Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs, as well as an in-depth analysis of Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife.