English Soars to New Heights

This term the English Department have launched a brand new and exciting Key Stage Three curriculum. Using a kite image and the strapline ‘Fly Above the Rest: English at PGS’, the new schemes encourage a broad approach to the subject in Years 7-9. The new curriculum includes long-treasured classics spanning many centuries and a diverse … Continued

Leonardo Triumphs

Every year since 1958 there has been a Leonardo Competition that celebrates creative talent at PGS. For many years, the English department, in combination with various other departments, has run the Leonardo Poetry Competition, with Mr Richardson at the helm for the past thirteen years. Each year there is a theme: this one was ’20 … Continued

The Power of Words and Pictures

Year 12 and 13 English Literature pupils were visited recently by Dr Helen Cole, Independent Academic and expert in rare books and illustration, who delivered a lecture on the power of words and pictures in fiction. Pupils learned about the history of illustration and script through the ages, looking at Bronze Age scripts up to … Continued

National Writing Recognition

We are thrilled to announce that Imogen Stewart (Year 8) has won the national ACLS CKG 2019 Writing Competition.  This required writing a diary entry for a favourite character.  Judges said ‘Her entry, based on Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly, was very engaging and a fabulous read.’ In addition to her prizes of books and an Amazon Fire … Continued

Budding Journalists

Following a classroom initiative between The News (Portsmouth’s local paper) and the English Department, six articles have been published by our pupils in The News. Neil Fatkin, the Education Correspondent at the newspaper, spent the afternoon with Year 7 talking about writing and journalism, which resulted in the articles being published. Joshua Chatfield asked the … Continued