“A book can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

- Madeleine L’Engle

Studying English at Chorlton High School allows learners to be submersed in a vast array of texts that will challenge, inspire and excite them. We aim to provide students with the tools and knowledge needed to learn to appreciate the beauty of language through exploration of the writer’s craft. With a huge emphasis on creativity and the discovering and utilising of their voice, opinions and ideas are shared and developed through exploratory talk, which is an integral part of our curriculum. We pride ourselves on our strong moral purpose to prepare students not only for the classroom, but for life beyond.

Offering opportunity upon opportunity to explore current topics, widening their understanding of the world in which they live. Sharing our passion for this subject helps to ignite a passion for reading, writing and all things English related in our students. Some incredibly challenging texts and concepts are explored through accessible and relatable thematic links, pushing students to think outside of the box and develop their own blossoming opinions on the written word. We aim to inspire, to challenge and to help develop happy, creative and successful learners through our expertly planned, colourful curriculum.


English at Chorlton High School prides itself on how it prepares adults who are sure of their place in world, know their opinion is valuable, and have a real sense of belonging to society. It prepares them to be adults who can read with a critical eye and write with a true sense of purpose, both creatively and for necessity. It broadens their understanding of the world through the ever-changing texts used to develop their understanding of what is happening around them. With a strong understanding and passion for the subject of English, they will be met with a future of boundless potential. We offer a rich array of challenging texts they are not only exposed to, but encouraged to form their own opinions on and be inspired by. All contributes to the ability to not only read and write; but to form opinions and to explore deeper meaning.

We are particularly proud of our oracy curriculum, that runs through English lessons. We have worked on developing a bespoke oracy curriculum that is taught explicitly to all Year groups, created to support students with finding and exploring their voice. We have successfully embedded oracy within the English curriculum and it is a regular feature within lessons and across other subject areas too.

Virtual Open Evening English Task


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