English at Blundell's

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Aims

At Blundell's the aim is to develop and reinforce competence in written and spoken English for all, to encourage the reading habit and the love of literature, to promote public speaking and creative writing and to achieve the highest possible grades in public exams. We aim to help pupils develop a critical appreciation of writing and speech, to foster their interest in their own writing in a wide variety of forms, and to give them a historical sense of the language and literature of the past.Royal Mail Competition

All English teachers are enthusiastic readers and the syllabus follows their interests and enthusiasms rather than a dogmatic, centrally-dictated scheme. Authors studied range from the Classics to Carol Ann Duffy and "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" for A-level, and "Great Expectations" to "Goodnight Mr Tom" for juniors. A high value is placed on creative work and class projects are frequently displayed in the English corridor.

The five English classrooms are clustered in one corridor at the very heart of the school, right next to the Library and an IT suite. The extensive book stock is kept on open shelves in the classrooms, to which all pupils have free access. Every classroom has its own PC and digital projector.

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Extra-Curricular Literary Pursuits

"The Blundellian": The Annual School Magazine, produced by a team of staff and pupils. A valuable forum for student creative, journalistic and photographic work.

The Debating Society: Meets six times a year in the Library. We enter the Observer Mace Debating Competition annually, as well as the ESU Public Speaking Competitions.

Junior Public Speaking

The School House Recitations: A competition for all of School House (SH) in February.

Senior Public Speaking   Senior Public Speaking

The Inter-house Public Speaking Competition takes place each year in the Spring term, on ESU lines. There is a Junior and Senior Shield. The Inter-house Public Speaking Competition is for all years and takes place in the autumn term.

The Literacy Society: Meets frequently to discuss literary matters and arrange trips and visits. Once a year a joint English and History Dinner is held.

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English Exam Results

A Level Results

English Literature Entries A* A B C D E %
A*- A
%
A*- B
%
A*- C
2014 7 2 1 0 3 0 1 43.0 43.0 86.0
2015 15 2 2 6 5     26.6 66.7 100.0
2016 3 1   1 1     33.3 66.7 100.0
2017 3     2     1   66.6 66.6
2018 6 2 1 1 1 1   50.0 66.7 83.3

GCSE Results

From 2018 (numerical grading)

Subject Entries 9 8 7 6 5 4 3-1 % 9-7 % 9-4
English (Language)
2018 53 14 13 16 6 3 1 0 81.1 100
English (Literature)
2018 62 12 13 9 10 13 5 0 54.8 100

 

Until 2017 (alphabetical grading)

Subject Entries A* A B C Other % A* % A*, A % A*-C
English (Language)
2014 92 4 18 27 35 8 4 24 91
2015 88 3 17 30 28 10 3 23 89
2016 81 A*/A: 42 32 7     51.9 100
2017 76 A*/A: 43 19 11     56.6 96.1
English (Literature)
2014 84 5 29 22 24 4 6 41 95
2015 84 6 19 31 16 12 7 30 86
2016 64 A*/A: 32 26 6     50.0 100
2017 63 A*/A: 34 20 7 2   54.0 96.8

 

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