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The Lancing College English Department has two aims: to foster in the students of the College a love of reading and writing, and to ensure students write, read, speak and listen to a high level, especially in English and English Literature examinations at IGCSE, GCSE and AS/A2 Levels.

Learning within the department is designed to support students’ work across the curriculum, and to enrich their future personal, scholarly and professional lives.

Third Form teaching is not directed towards a public examination, but towards the department’s own objectives. The Fourth and Fifth Forms are spent preparing students for two qualifications: CIE IGCSE First Language English and OCR GCSE English Literature. The OCR AS and A2 examinations are the final outcomes of the two Sixth Form courses.

At all levels the classroom experience is challenging, and will bring students into contact with a demanding range of written texts. Whatever students read, they are encouraged to approach it in a critical manner, and to work through complex thematic, social and literary issues. Activities are designed to give students the confidence to generate personal, creative responses and to develop their own voices as critics.

Writing tasks are creative as well as critical. Senior school students are expected to practise writing in different forms and voices, and at all times to pay attention to their level of accuracy. Enthusiasm and elegance are valued highly. Regular personalised feedback is offered.

Teachers are reflective practitioners. Through observation, formal INSET and informal discussion, they share ideas and develop their professional skills.

A wide range of opportunities to engage with literature beyond the classroom is on offer. We hope these experiences introduce students to further aspects of the subject, and inspire them to deeper literary and creative thought.

The department provides EAL courses. There is a timetabled EAL course for Third Form students. There is a voluntary IELTS course for the Sixth Form students who require it.

Staff Position
Mr Dominic J Harman (BA Exeter; MA Sussex) Head of Department
Mrs Michelle J Creer (BA Swansea)  
Mrs Hilary R Dugdale (MA Cantab)  
Miss Lucy J Freeland (MPhil Cantab)  
Mr John R J Herbert (BA, PhD Birmingham)  
Dr Elizabeth P Keane (BA, PhD, MA)  
Mrs Catherine M Krause (BA Melbourne, MEd Buckingham)  
Miss Anne McKane (MA Monash)  
Mr Nat L Payne (BA UCL)  
  • Third Form

    The Third Form year is a bridge from Common Entrance to GCSE, and good habits of speaking, listening, reading and writing are established. The skills requirement is based on the National Strategy for Key Stage 3 English, Year 9.

    Writing skills are an obvious priority at this stage, and one substantial written task is set, marked, and returned to pupils each week. Critical writing, argumentative writing, descriptive writing and narrative writing are practised. Spelling rules and commonly misspelt words are revised and tested.

    Reading is used to provide models and contexts for writing tasks. In the course of the year, students can expect to read a play by Shakespeare, a modern novel, a wide-ranging selection of poetry and examples of quality contemporary non-fiction. Comprehension and practical criticism are explicitly taught.

    Practice of speaking and listening within the English classroom is a vital preparation for future study. Speeches, discussions, play-reading, recitation of poetry (individually or in groups), and debates are used.

    Students are inducted into the library as early as possible in the Advent Term. All students bring a reading book to every English lesson. English teachers monitor private reading closely.

    Third Form classes undertake an ICT project. This can involve making a newspaper, a charity leaflet or writing two contrasting openings to novels. 

  • Fourth Form and Fifth Form

    Fourth Form and Fifth Form study a two-year course towards Cambridge IGCSE in English and OCR GCSE in English Literature.

    Cambridge IGCE English 0500

    Paper 2: Reading Passages (Extended) (May/June)

    2 hours
    Candidates answer three questions on two passages of 600-700 words each, linked by a common theme
    50% of marks

    Paper 3: Directed Writing and Composition (May/June)

    2 hours
    Section 1 Directed writing
    Section 2 Composition
    50% of marks

    OCR English Literature J360

    Unit A661 Literary Heritage Texts (Controlled Assessment Sept-November)

    Macbeth (studied alongside a film, audio or live performance)
    A selection of work by a poet writing before 1914

    Unit A662 Modern Drama (Examination January)

    45 mins
    R C Sherriff Journey’s End

    Unit A663 Prose from Different Cultures (Examination June)

    45 mins
    Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird

    Unit A664 Literary Heritage and Contemporary Poetry (Examination June)

    1hr 30 mins
    Thomas Hardy The Withered Arm and Other Wessex Tales
    George Eliot Silas Marner
    A Selection of work by a contemporary poet

  • Lower Sixth

    The Lower Sixth year involves preparation for the OCR AS syllabus.

    Approaches to Literary Study (unexamined)

    Selected poems 1550-2008
    Selected Short Stories 1850-1950
    David Lodge The Art of Fiction
    Ian MacEwan Atonement

    Examination: Unit F661 Poetry and Prose 1800-1945

    WB Yeats Selected Poems
    Mary Shelley Frankenstein

    Coursework: Unit F662 Literature post-1900

    Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie
    Harold Pinter The Homecoming
    Martin McDonagh The Pillowman

  • Upper Sixth

    The Upper Sixth year involves preparation for the OCR A2 course.

    Examination: Unit F663 Drama and Poetry pre-1800

    Geoffrey Chaucer The Wife of Bath's Tale
    John Ford 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
    William Shakespeare King Lear

    Coursework: Unit F664 Texts in Time

    Civilisation and its endings
    TS Eliot The Waste Land
    Cormac McCarthy The Road
    Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness

    These texts are studied alongside critical and historical writing sourced by students in the course of their research.

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