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The study of English literature is integral to the intellectual and spiritual education of our young people at Downside.

Thinking and writing about the complex and textured manner in which men and women have reflected upon life in the different genres of poetry, fiction and drama, Downside pupils hone and develop their spoken and analytical skills through their studies in English. From their reading of good literature, pupils are encouraged to explore a deeper understanding of the mysteries of the human condition.

The English literary tradition is a rich and diverse stream, and students at Downside receive a broad literary education through daily and dramatic encounters with canonical, contemporary and writers in the classroom.  Pupils have the opportunity to hear from visiting speakers, attend literary festivals, benefit from the workshops and performances of visiting theatre companies, and attend dramatic productions in Bath, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon and London.

Head of English

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