English Language

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug known to man." (Rudyard Kipling)

Language as a tool for communication is important and precious, and the English language has become particularly important because of its wide useage throughout the world.

In English classes you can discover the possibilities of language and communication, escape to other worlds, to other cultures and traditions, to fantastic lands full of extraordinary characters.

Where else could homework be a chance to free your mind, to explore the thoughts and feelings of any character alive, dead or imaginary?

English teaching aims to ensure that all students learn to communicate effectively in speech and writing, to understand and respond imaginatively and critically to what they hear, to read and experience in a variety of media and to enjoy both modern and classical literature in all its forms. All students enter both English Language  and English Literature for GCSE at the end of Year 11 in-line with the changes to GCSE exam policy in September 2013.

English Department - Globe Theatre Visit 2016

On the 8th July, a group of Year 10, 11 and 12 students travelled to London with the English Department. The day consisted of shopping sight-seeing and travelling around on the London Underground, culminating in an amazing performance of Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we would love to go again. We got to see some famous landmarks, shop in Oxford Street and have dinner in Leicester Square. Seriously, this is an amazing trip and we would recommend it to anyone!

Report by Lauren McMeeken & Ella Caine (year 10)


In March Mr Batty and the team will be offering English "Masterclass" sessions to selected students in Years 7-9. The letter is attached and the launch assembly is on Friday 22nd January. If you think that your child would benefit from this opportunity but has not received an invite, please contact Mr Batty at school. His e-mail address is pcb@malbank.cheshire.sch.uk.

Final Calendar for KS3 Masterclass Sessions - all sessions 3:30-4:30 in the Boulevard unless stated




Tuesday 1st March

Bad Guys in Literature

Mr Batty

Wed 23rd March

Media - an introduction to the world of broadcasting

Caroline Cheetham (School for News, formerly with BBC Radio 5 Live and University of Salford)

Wednesday April 13th

"Vampires - a love gone wrong"

Mrs Walker

Thursday 28th April
Please note the change in date for this session

Shakespeare Week

Mr Batty and Mr Brisbourne

Wed 11th May

Visiting other worlds through Literature

Mrs Baxter

Thu 16th June

Words and pictures - how illustrations work within texts

Mrs Green

Thursday 23rd June (pds 4&5)
Please note the change in date for this session

Writing for Children

Children's author Mark Wilcox

Tue 5th July

Books for adults, books for children

Mrs Burgess

Click to download parent letter.

Year 9 Core Subjects evening 2017

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Primary Proms information texts