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

English at Downside School

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, not only hones and develops their analytical and critical skills, but also brings them to 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 Christian 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.

Drama and Theatre Studies

Drama and Theatre Studies has been introduced at A Level and it is proving to be very successful. Downside has a rich history of drama and there is a school production every term.

Downside School English Staff

Mrs J Rainey MAHead of English
Ms H Wilson BATeacher of English
Miss C SmartTeacher of English
Miss A Anglim Teacher of English
Mr P Jones Teacher of English
Mrs A McGarry BA Teacher of English & Drama/Theatre Studies