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​English at Stringer

English at Dorothy Stringer is a vibrant and exciting department, offering pupils the chance to explore their creativity and develop their critical skills. Pupils are encouraged to write imaginatively in a wide range of styles and for a variety of purposes, to read a wide range of texts and to speak with confidence and assurance in a range of different situations and contexts.

The department's schemes of work are woven through a robust curriculum designed to bring out the best from our students; in reading, writing and speaking and listening At Key Stage 3 the focus is on developing, year on year, the skills and knowledge required to understand the world of words around us. In Years 10 and 11 pupils follow the AQA GCSE syllabuses for English Language and English Literature.

Our aims are:

  • to enable our pupils to function effectively as individuals within an increasingly complex and demanding society through their understanding and use of language 
  • to develop in our pupils an understanding and appreciation of language in its many uses through the examination of a wide range of literary and non-literary materials 
  • to encourage our pupils to use language to develop an understanding of the culture of all members of our multi-cultural society 
  • to enrich the lives of our pupils by introducing to them writers from the past and present whose writing has won general admiration and esteem, and by encouraging them in the development of their own imaginative and thoughtful responses in speech and writing 
    In Years 7 - 9, students are taught in mixed-ability groups, with smaller Nurture groups for those who require extra support in English. At GCSE we continue to predominantly teach in mixed ability groupings with an added Stretch group designed to push our most able students to reach their potential. Students undertake English Language and Literature GCSE courses, which are not tiered.

Dorothy Stringer School, Loder Road, Brighton, BN1 6PZ | Tel: 01273 852222 | Fax: 01273 852310 | Email: