Welcome to the English Department website

We believe that the study of English can have a very positive impact on the lives of young people. Our ultimate aim is to inspire students to go on to study the subject at A Level and university. However, whether they take the subject on at A Level or not, we want all students who study English at the school to find the experience enjoyable and enlightening, and to leave KES with a range of skills that will benefit them in the future lives.

If you have any questions about this website, or any aspect of English at the school, please contact Dr Alistair Schofield on ajs@kes.hants.sch.uk

Booker Prize Challenge 2021

The Man Booker Prize is the most prestigious award for novel writing in Britain.

The challenge is to read all six books on the shortlist in the four weeks between the list being announced and the prize awarded. There will be weekly meetings to discuss the novels. Some students read one or two, some read the whole lot. It’s up to you.

This has proven to be a popular and rewarding experience, and it also doesn’t look bad on a UCAS statement.

If you are interested in taking part you need to email Dr Schofield at ajs@kes.hants.sch.uk and he will send you more information.

Latest News!

The deadline for the Challenge has been extended, so you now have FIVE weeks to read all the novels.

Remember that you can come along to any or all of the discussion groups. See the schedule for details.


Friday 24th September: The Promise (AJS)

Friday 1st October: The Fortune Men (JLG)

Friday 8th October: The Passage North (AJC)

Monday 11th October No One IS Talking About This (HLG)

Friday 15th October: Bewilderment (AJS)

Friday 18th October: The Great Circle (EBR)

All meetings will be held in L1

Literature Students meet Ian McEwan