Benjamin Britten Academy of Music & Mathematics

An 11-18 co-educational day school and Centre of Excellence in Mathematics

English

The significance of this core subject is reflected in the passion and enthusiasm of its team of highly specialist teaching staff.

To ensure the progress of all learners, every teacher has their own modern, fully-equipped classroom and access to a departmental Reading Room.

The English Key Stage 3 curriculum comprises a variety of exciting units, including the Gothic genre, Adventure and Travel writing, Crime and Mystery fiction and Shakespeare, all of which have the specific purpose of embedding the key skills that will be required for success in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. At Key Stage 4, students will study a choice from several 19th century novels, a Shakespeare play and a selection of poetry, as well as a modern prose or drama by a writer from the British Isles.

Students will benefit from exciting excursions to the theatre to view plays and performances such as An Inspector Calls, Pride and Prejudice, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and The Tempest as well as trips to Cambridge University, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and the Festival of Literature for Young People at the University of East Anglia.  

Students will also have the opportunity to take part in Shakespeare Schools' Festival, the BBC School Report, World Book Day, World Poetry Day, BBC Radio 2's 500 Words Competition and Suffolk's Book Mastermind Competition. The year will then culminate in the prestigious Britten Awards for English Garden Party.