At Saint Felix School, our aim is to cultivate a lasting enthusiasm and affection for English Literature and Language by exposing our students to a diverse array of literary works and experiences.
Saint Felix School’s students achieve above-average reading abilities, fluent writing skills, and the ability to articulate and debate logically and confidently. Sensitive issues related to ethnicity, gender, and age are handled with care, with open and thoughtful discussions encouraged. Academic results are also excellent, with high success rates in GCSE and A-levels, and many students have pursued English studies at prestigious universities.
Key Stage One and Two: Pupils learn the foundations of reading, writing, speaking, and listening through a fun and exciting, multifaceted study programme. By the end of KS2, pupils read, write and speak with fluency, accuracy, confidence, and independence – ready for their next educational steps in Senior School.
Key Stage Three: Building on their abilities, students delve into grammar, vocabulary, and stylistic sentence structures, while being encouraged to explore their creativity by writing for purpose and pleasure. They study a diverse range of texts, including classics from Shakespeare and Dickens to contemporary young adult (YA) fiction, poetry, and drama.
Key Stage Four: Students will prepare for the Edexcel GCSE English Language and Literature examinations. Current texts studied include Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, and An Inspector Calls, alongside exposure to 20th and 21st-century writers and poets, promoting diversity in literature.
What sets Saint Felix School apart is our focus on student ownership of learning, creative writing at all Key Stages, and a guided reading programme with Sixth Form mentors.
A comprehensive range of co-curricular activities, such as theatre trips, guest speakers, book clubs, outdoor writing opportunities, and debating, enhance the learning experience. Annual events include the Spellathon, Poetry Recital evening, and a creative writing magazine – encouraging the expression of literary talents.
Many students pursue higher education in English-related fields, whilst others graduate as confident practitioners of language with exceptional communication skills and a deep appreciation for literature.