Central to our aim is fostering the pleasure of reading and our approach is unashamedly literary in its focus.

We strive to enrich boys’ lives through an exploration of their own experience and imagination, developing their ability to shape their thoughts both orally and in written form.

The work of the department stretches far beyond preparation for examinations. We have a number of book clubs, including a Sixth Form group, run in conjunction with three neighbouring girls' schools. We produce our own creative writing magazines, and host talks, seminars and writers’ workshops run by nationally acclaimed authors and poets. We organise creative writing events in conjunction with local libraries, arts companies and galleries, developing the boys’ eye for links between pictorial representations of the world and ones achieved through language. Boys compete in a wide variety of competitive events including The Times Spelling Bee and short story and poetry competitions. In addition, we run public speaking and debating events and competitions, and reading weekends for the Sixth Form.

To view the Middle School Recommended Reading list (updated for 2018), please click here.