The English Department offers a range of Extra Curricular activities which serve to enrich our students’ literacy knowledge and support their learning.

We offer a Reading Club in Year 7 and 8 to promote a love of reading. As a part of this we enter the ‘Big Book Quiz’ where we compete with other schools in the West Lancashire District.

Also in Year 7 we provide a peer reading group with Year 10 volunteers supporting our Year 7 readers. This takes place three times a week in tutor time. 

For Year 8 and 9 students we offer a Creative Writing Club to inspire our budding writers, whilst in Year 9 and 10 we have the Debating Society, entering competitions (Runshaw Big Debate / Cambridge Union Debating Manchester) and developing presentation skills.

For Year 10 we offer a Journalism Club; Film Club and for Year 11 we provide afterschool clinics for extra focus upon exam skills. Equally, Mr Taylor provides a lunchtime SPAG clinic focussing upon accuracy for Year 11 students.

We actively encourage and promote local and national writing competitions within the department. We also invite local writers (Daniel Blythe ‘Doctor Who’) and theatre groups to the school to enhance our students’ learning experiences. This year we are visiting The Lowry with a National Theatre performance of ‘Macbeth’ with Year 11 students.