Mission Statement

"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." -F. Scott Fitzgerald

In English and Drama at DCHS we wish you to explore the world beyond the classroom through an understanding of the power of performance, language and literature. We want you to become deep thinkers, outstanding performers, passionate debaters and confident writers. We want you to be excited by the worlds authors create and have the confidence to create imaginative worlds of your own.

We want you to experiment with language and understand its significance in communication and in your future. Together we want to foster a life-long love of reading and of the written word and the power we have to move others with what we write, what we speak and what we think. 

Courses Offered & Unit Work

AS English Language (AQA)

AS English Literature (AQA)

A2 English Language (AQA)

A2 English Literature (AQA)

Long Term Plans for English & Drama

Department Highlights

The department has developed an outstanding reputation for its work in Drama with an extensive history of productions dating back to 2000 presented in our local theatre The Alnwick Playhouse. Regular theatre visits to Newcastle and Durham and places as far afield as London, Edinburgh and Stratford are central to increasing our students love and appreciation of Literature and Language. A thriving department with debating societies, involvement in national competitions for poetry and writing and responsible for working with our Film Studies colleagues to develop the nationally recognised school newspaper ‘The Alnwickist’ we feel this is a vibrant department in which to develop your skills for now and the future.

Staff Contact

Mrs Amanda Lawson (Head of Department)

Mrs Katelyn Burns (Deputy Head of English)

Miss Laura Rigg (KS4 English Co-ordinator)

Mr Martin Allenby (Assistant Headteacher)

Mrs Oram-Graham (Literacy Co-ordinator)

Mrs Catherine Newton

Mrs Helen Fentum

Mr Joseph Towers

Mr Hugh Dunford

Mrs Sian Sloggett

Mrs Sarah Price

Mr Callum Burns

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