English occupies a core position within the curriculum. The key English skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening underpin pupils’ learning in all curriculum areas. To this end, the aim of the department is to guide your child to become an effective communicator, at the same time as engendering a life-long love of literature and language. Furthermore, we want to support your child in developing an inquiring mind and an enthusiasm and curiosity for all that life has to offer. English develops skills and provides pupils with pleasure and broader horizons. Therefore we recognise the importance of activities which extend the curriculum outside the confines of the normal school day, such as after school activities; visiting authors, poets and illustrators; World Book Day; National Poetry Day; National Storytelling Week and school trips, to name but a few.
My son began his journey at St Michael's last Friday in the Nursery class and, one week on, I have to write to say how impressed I am and how thrilled we are with our decision to send him to such an amazing school. The approach to settling them in has been perfect!Nursery parent
St Michael’s is a wonderful school. Fantastic teachers, a nurturing environment. It has suited our three children who are all very different in their academic and pastoral needs. Thank you.Year 6 Parent
St Michael's is a place where I can let my imagination run wild.Year 6 pupil
We were struck by the warmth and kindness of everyone we met; pupils as well as staff. We believe in giving our son the right start and instilling in him the joy of learning and satisfaction from achievement. We can see this happening at St Michael’sProspective Parent
My daughter has had such a wonderful school life at St.Michael’s. We really couldn’t have asked for a better school for her in terms of academic life, extra-curricular activities and friendship groups. We still can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by and that she will soon be leaving!Year 6 parent