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“Because words are more powerful than anything…”

(Jennifer Donnelly, A Gathering Light)

Welcome to the English Department

Rugby High School’s English Department are a team of experienced subject specialists.  We are passionate about literature and learning.

Rachel Danks B.A. (Hons) PGCE
Olga Dermott-Bond: Head of Department M.A. (Hons), PGCE, M.A. (Ed)
Mark Grady B.A. (Hons) M.A. PGCE         
Katy Gregory: Second in Department  B.Ed. (Hons)
Helen Jolly B.A. (Hons) PGCE
Catherine Mason: Head  of Drama Department B.Mus. (Hons) PGCE, M.A. (Ed)
Veronica Newman: B.A. (Hons),  MA,  PGCE

The English Department at Rugby High School has four key aims:

  • To share great Literature, non – fiction and media with students, in order for them to develop a life – long love of literature and wider reading.We want all students to become confident, independent, critical readers and writers
  • To develop students’ communication skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening so that they are able to excel in all their chosen subjects in school, at university and beyond
  • To enable students to achieve academic excellence and the highest possible grades at all Key Stages in English and English Literature, and to fulfil their potential in these subjects
  • To offer a wide range of extra- curricular activities that enrich students’ experience of school life, and develop key skills.

Extra- Curricular Activities on offer in the English Department

Throughout their time at Rugby High School there are a wealth of extra- curricular activities on offer. 

  • Lower school creative writing club “Firefly”
  • Upper school creative writing club “Aurora”
  • Lower school book group “Kindle”
  • Upper School book group
  • Sixth form book group “Get Lit”
  • Writing competitions
  • Jessie Wright Poetry Evening
  • Celebration of World Book Day and Character fancy dress day
  • Rugby High School Book Award
  • Jane Eggleston English Award
  • Debating competitions
  • Frequent theatre trips and cultural visits
  • Editorial committee for the creative writing magazine “Illuminate”
  • Editorial and writing responsibilities for the new online school magazine “New Heights”