English and Communications


We are passionate about all our students exploring, experiencing and mastering the rich tapestry of skills and knowledge that studying English has to offer. Through the study of communication skills, literary texts, cultural connections and the constantly changing use of language, we aim to equip students with confidence and curiosity for the world around them and beyond.



In addition, our faculty also provides the following opportunities to enhance and enrich student’s learning:
  • English Leaders
  • Visits from theatre companies
  • BookBuzz reading programme
  • Theatre Trips: The Lowry, Royal Exchange and Palace Theatre
  • Trip to the Brontë Parsonage Museum
  • Museums: Salford Museum and Art Gallery
  • Creative Writing Club
  • University of Manchester Poetry Competition
  • Culture Club
  • National Book Club
  • A-Level English Language Conference
  • Poetry Club
  • KS4 Wordsmith Clinic
  • Shakespeare for Schools Festival
  • KS3 Drama Club
  • Performances in assembly
  • Other public speaking opportunities


  • Head of Faculty: Ms S. Walker (swalker@wrhs1118.co.uk)
  • Assistant Head of Faculty (and Key Stage 4 Coordinator): Ms M. Hollingworth
  • Key Stage 3 Coordinator: Mr D. Kavanagh
  • Key Stage 5 Coordinator: Ms K. Vickers
  • Head of Subject (Drama): Mrs N. Cartin-Hodge

Quality Marks, Awards & Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

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Greater Manchester Education Trust logo Chartered College of Teaching Institutional Member 2023/24 badge Cyber Essentials Certified logo
FFT National Attendance Award 2023/24 logo One Education Reading Award Gold logo Confederation of School Trusts logo Educate Awards Winner 2019 logo SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards 2018 logo SSAT Effective Learning Behaviour logo SSAT Climate for Learning logo Manchester United Foundation logo The Duke of Edinburgh logo The Cultural Diversity Standards logo The Schools Co-operative Society logo School Achievement Award logo Sport England logo Leading Edge Partnership Programme logo The Quality in Careers Standard logo Healthy Schools Manchester logo Basic Skills Quality Mark logo Whalley Range Sixth Form logo