Cheam School
sub menu

We believe that the study of English should be undertaken with enjoyment and rigour.  

It is a language widely spoken around the world and one of the most flexible with its wide vocabulary and possibilities of nuance. Its use and abuse is a fertile ground for debate: the difference between the vernacular (as heard in everyday speech and broadcast on radio and television) and the formal register required for examinations is one of the many challenges we face. However, as the main purpose of any language is communication, there is justification for a wide range: from the language of the street to the complexities of Milton and Shakespeare.

We believe that enthusiastic study of English literature can only enhance and enrich our pupils' experience. One skill we try to develop is that of knowing what is appropriate for the 'audience and purpose' in each situation.

It is vital that the children enjoy their lessons which should not only provide a skills base, but also give them a chance to explore a wide variety of texts. Reading lists are available at the bottom of this page.  The English Department recommends the website Lovereading4Kids -  Most importantly they should engage with ideas and learn to communicate their own thoughts and feelings effectively. We aim to make them confident speakers and receptive listeners. During their time at Cheam we also aim to broaden their knowledge and foster a love of literature.

Personal engagement with texts enables them to analyse, to respond positively and to process information efficiently. Carefully planned schemes of work in the early years lead to the ISEB Common Entrance syllabus for 11+ and 13+ exams. Scholarship candidates are given further challenges and need to have a relatively high reading age and a good vocabulary. Personal reading is encouraged in a variety of ways at every stage.

Dramatised poetry and prose readings are popular as are balloon debates, 'Division' spelling and the junior and senior reading competitions.

A Year in the Life of the English Department - 2016 to 2017

A Year in the Life of the English Department - 2015 to 2016

Reading Competition Finals - Spring 2017

Public Speaking Competition - Summer 2017

Poetry Performance - Autumn 2017

Room 101 - Autumn 2017  To read some of the Room 101 speeches please click here.




Reading Lists

Student Showcase

Below are a series of documents that showcase some students' English work.

Fireworks by Henry B.        The Remembrance Service by Tilly G.        Year 8 Summer Holidays

Sea Recipe by Bella        Snow by Imogen K     Sonnets     Translucent     I like words ...

Frankenstein Reviews by:  Willow S        Maddie P        Olivia H

Social Stereotypes:   Over-Enthusiastic Drama Teacher     Obsessive Hairdresser

Time Poems    Dorian Gray Reviews     War Poem     


The English department at Cheam holds events that are often recorded.  These can be viewed below as an archive.

Room 101

Poetry Day 2015

Cheam School
Headley, Newbury
Berkshire, RG19 8LD


School Office
01635 268242

School Registrar
01635 267822

back to top