“English is like a long conversation through time.” Robert Eaglestone, Doing English.
At Beeston we recognise the centrality of English in education. Not only do we aim to equip our pupils with the skills that will enable them to lead successful lives in the wider world, but we also aim to provide our pupils with an inclusive learning environment, in which they will develop intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Our vision of English is that it should broaden our children’s horizons, offering a diversity of experience in text type, perspective, and cultures.
Developing pupils’ literacy is at the heart of what we do, so that our pupils are able to become confident readers and writers. We encourage our pupils to be independent thinkers, with their own voices and opinions. We place a premium on a curriculum that engages the learner, delivered by experienced teachers who are passionate about the subject and who are creative in their approaches.
Showcasing success is widely promoted, with public performances, readings and publication in the school’s newsletter or magazine. Whenever possible we contextualise our learning, whether that be in the teaching of grammar through our shared reading or high-quality texts or by organising visits which provide a stimulus for writing that is purposeful and meaningful.
Nicole Williamson, Head of English
MA, BA (Hons), PGCE, Cambridge CELTA
Although I was raised near Cromer, I have ventured beyond the county borders. My journey began at Durham University, after which I worked in Greece, Japan and Brazil, where I was Head of English at St Paul’s in São Paulo. I have been at Beeston for 10 years, heading up English as an Additional Language and taking on the role of Head of English in 2020.
My love of teaching literature allows me to guide my students through their own journeys, with books, plays and poems, taking them across continents and centuries. Just as important are the life lessons that literature can teach, such as understanding of different cultures and empathy.
Outside of school, I spend as much time as possible in Italy, where I indulge my passion for home renovation.