English

At Moreton Hall, every pupil is encouraged to read for enjoyment and to write fluently and with precision. Reading is supported in the timetable every day. We have a school reading list which we proudly believe is the best of its kind, supported by a reward programme and a dedicated library.

Confidence in communication is deemed essential and pupils are actively enabled to develop their skills through Speech and Drama competitions, Public Speaking and Performance in our drama  productions. Each year, a poetry anthology is published from which each child chooses a poem to learn by heart. The most notable performances go though to an evening final adjudicated by an outside judge. In previous years, Professor Kirkpatrick of Cambridge University and Dr Robert Macfarlane – 2013 Booker Prize chief judge – have helped sift the excellence; this year we are delighted to be welcoming Terry Waite CBE to preside over the event.

In the Pre-Prep and Middle School, the Class Teacher teaches English. The emphasis here is on embracing the essential skills of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Moving on to Forms VI-VIII, English is taught by specialists and follows the ISEB syllabus in preparation for the Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations at the end of Form VIII.

At every point of the curriculum, lavish use of class readers alerts all of our pupils to the power, importance and appeal of books.