By studying the structure, history and function of the English Language, students develop a deeper understanding of their shared cultural heritage and the diversity of the community in which they live. Understanding the role of communication in our lives and how language can be used to inform, persuade or manipulate others empowers students to think critically and engage in a reasoned, articulate discussion. 

The study of Literature helps students understand the world outside of their own experience. Reading across a challenging range of forms, time periods and cultures develops self-confidence perseverance and emotional intelligence. Close reading refines student awareness of the nuances of language, context and meaning.