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


Literature Students meet Ian McEwan  























Good luck to all our IGCSE and A Level students for results 2019! Have a great summer and enjoy your reading!

Hamlet: Online Seminar 26th April 2018 7pm to 8pm

We have been invited to join an online seminar on 'Hamlet'.  This is run by Peripeteia, a site for A Level and Undergraduate English Literature students.  More  information here.


Proposed Schedule:

Thursday 21st September: 4321

Thursday 28th September: History of Wolves

Thursday 5th October: Elmet

Thursday 12th October: Lincoln in the Bardo AND Autumn

Tuesday 17th October: Exit West

The 2017 shortlist:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)

Winner Announced: 25TH October

Proposed Schedule:

All sessions at 1.25 in E6

Friday 23rd September Deborah Levy - Hot Milk AJS

Friday 30th September Otessa Moshfegh – Eileen EMC

Friday 7th October Paul Beatty- The Sellout RMG

Friday 14th October Graeme Macrae Burnet His Bloody Project AJS

Thursday 20th October David Szalay - All That Man Is AAG

Thursday 3rd November Madeleine Thien - Do Not Say We Have JMAH

Friday 4th November: PLENARY

Gothic Trip to Lovaton May 2015

Upper Sixth students studying the Gothic spent a weekend in the school's outdoor centre on Dartmoor, where Professor Nick Groom from Exeter University joined us for a series of talks on the genre.  Kirsty and Hugo are here modelling our custom-made t-shirt bearing the famous lines from 'Dr Faustus'.

Lower Sixth English Language student Ollie McQuitty  has been accepted as a writer for the website ‘whatculture.com’.

View his first article here.

January 2014: Congratulations to Freya Morris, who has been offered a place to read literature at St Anne's College, Oxford


October 13th 2013: Liberty and Issy meet the Man Booker Prize Winner! 

On Sunday 13th Liberty Roberts and Issy Bartholomew travelled up to the Southbank with Dr Schofield to hear the six nominated authors for the Man Booker Prize 2013 read from their novels and answer questions.

Afterwards we met the authors, had our books signed, and managed to get a (very blurred) photo.  Issy and Liberty are with Colm Toibin and the winner Eleanor Catton.


Man Booker Shortlist 2013


The short-list has been announced.  Click on the name or author for more information.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta)

The Harvest by Jim Crace (Picador):

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín (Penguin)

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel. The short-list will be announced on 10th September, with the televised awards ceremony on 15th October.

Our challenge will be to read and discuss all six novels on the short-list before the ceremony. Not only is this a very impressive addition to any personal statement (regardless of what subjects you are studying), more importantly it is a wonderful opportunity to read and discuss six new, high quality novels.

As an added incentive the Man Booker Committee have agreed to send us tickets to attend a lunch on the Southbank in London at which all nominated novelists will be present.

Note that these are adult novels so the club is open only to Fifth and Sixth Year students.

If you are interested then see Dr Schofield.

July 2013

The visit to London to hear Ian McEwan discuss his novel, 'Sweet Tooth', was very successful.  Thank you to Mrs Hardwick for organising this trip.

January 2013

Many congratulations to Sachin Croker, who has been offered a place at Downing College, Cambridge, to read English Literature.

Man Booker Prizw Club 2012 Newsflash!

The Man Booker prize has gone to Hilary Mantel for 'Bring up the Bodies'.

See you next year when the shortlist is announced!

See below for further details.

The Shortlist has been announced:

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
Umbrella by Will Self

Remember to email Dr Schofield to express your interest so that a seat can be booked at Harbour Lights on 16th October to watch the Awards Ceremony.

What sounds betteron a UCAS statement?

  • I like reading and read a lot.
  • I've just read all the novels on the Booker short-list and think that Alison Moore's 'The Lighthouse' should have won because...

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel.  The short-list will be announced on 11th September, with the televised awards ceremony on 16th October.

Our challenge will be to read and discuss all six novels on the short-list before the ceremony.  Note that these are adult novels so the club is open only to Fifth and Sixth Year students.

For further information see Dr Schofield.

Congratulations to our English exam students

Nine of our fifteen A2 Literature students received A*s, which is a remarkable achievement so very well done to them.

85% of our IGCSE cohort gained A/A* for Literature, with 80% for English Language: our best results for eight years.

Literature at Lovaton 4th - 6th July

We are delighted to announce that Professor Nick Groom from Exeter University will be visiting us on our Dartmoor trip and giving sessions on The Gothic and The Pastoral.  Professor Groom's book The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction is due to be published by OUP in September, and The Pastoral, a cultural history of the seasons, will be published by Atlantic in July 2013. 

If you haven't already done so, please remember to give in your B15 to your teacher or directly to Dr Schofield.

Pastoral Come Dine With Me

See our 'Gallery' for pictures and a description of this recent event.