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Aims and Ethos

At The Study, the teaching of English is at the very heart of what we do. We enable our girls to reach a high level of literacy skills, but for us, a love of language, a delight in reading both fiction and poetry and in creative writing, is of equal importance. We place an emphasis on the clear expression of ideas in both writing and speaking, and we believe in the correct use of grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Curriculum Overview

English is taught daily in all year groups and is part of the wider curriculum.     

Reading skills progress over the years from looking at picture books, the first tentative sounding out of words, the excitement of reading a first ‘chapter book’ to mastering the higher order reading skills of inference and deduction required by senior school entrance exams. The girls read from a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction titles with their form teachers and with growing independence as their skills develop. 

Writing is seen as a creative process at The Study. The girls are encouraged to express their ideas fluently and imaginatively in a myriad of different forms. The appropriate skills in grammar, spelling and punctuation are developed throughout the school.  A cursive handwriting style is introduced in Reception.

Our girls are confident and engaging speakers! Drama plays an important part in the life of the school, both through class, year and school based productions and, from Year 3 onwards, through lessons taught by a specialist teacher.


The Study is well resourced for English text books and we do not confine our teaching to one particular series of books. We have two welcoming libraries with a wealth of fiction and non-fiction titles to which we add regularly, and every class room has a small class library. All Pre-Prep classrooms are also resourced with a wide range of reading scheme books.  Pupils also use ICT resources, DVDs and story tapes.

Beyond the Classroom

The English curriculum is enriched by theatre trips out of school and visits to school by authors, theatre groups and performance artists. Every year, in the Spring Term, the girls participate in a week when the whole timetable is devoted to creative and literary activities.