The English department at RMGS is a large one, with seven full time teachers, all of whom are subject specialists. There is a wealth of experience in the department, with teaching staff bringing their expertise in other disciplines, such as Film Studies, Drama, Media, Classical Civilization and History to provide teaching that is enjoyable and stimulating.
English is a core subject and is studied by all students up to the end of Year 11. All English classes are mixed ability. In Year 7 and 8, students remain in the tutor groups for the subject and in Year 9 they are arranged into different, but still mixed ability groups. In Key Stage 4, the average class size is 24 and the smaller groupings allow for extra individual attention as the pupils work towards GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. The subject is extremely popular in the Sixth Form, with over 120 students currently following the A Level course. Again, groups are smaller in size, allowing for individual attention and group discussion to which everyone can contribute.
We aim to bring out the best in our students, introducing them to a wide range of literature and helping them to gain confidence in using, talking and writing about language and literature in its many forms. We encourage students to read for enjoyment as well as developing, by study, a deeper appreciation of literature. Reading Lists are produced for all years in Key Stage 3 and Year 7 students are expected to have their own “Independent Reading Book” with them in school. The department has its own library and we work closely with the School Librarian to ensure that all students have the opportunity to read stimulating and enjoyable texts from the classics right up to the present day. Each teaching room is equipped with class sets of dictionaries and thesauruses as well as a “Poetry Box” which contains a wide range of poetry through time.
Pride is taken in the English block and the display banks in the corridors are regularly updated with examples of students’ work, competitions and details of recent department activities.
To find out information about the all the sixth form courses offered please see the sixth form pages.
As well as the trips mentioned in the other sections of the English Website, the Department runs competitions on a regular basis, encouraging students particularly in their creative writing. The School is currently the holder of the Medway Secondary Schools Poetry Cup. The School newspaper “The Marksman” is overseen by the English Department. The paper is produced termly and is organised by the editors who are members of the Sixth Form. Students from all year groups form the newspaper team, regularly reporting on events in the School, but all students are encouraged to contribute.
The Department also runs Scrabble Club and the two Scrabble competitions that take place every year: the Year 7 Inter-form Scrabble Competition in September and the more serious School Scrabble Tournament that takes place in March. Between 50 and 60 students enter the competition in the hope of winning the Scrabble Trophy, or perhaps just to have fun. Students from Years 8, 9, 12, 13 and even Year 7 have won the Trophy over the years with both boys and girls being amongst the winners.