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Great Missenden

Church Of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



At Great Missenden School, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.  We link English through our Creative Curriculum to give our students the best knowledge and understanding on which to build language and literary skills, promoting Speaking and Listening, Writing and Reading skills across English and the wider curriculum.

What does English look like at Great Missenden?

We use a range of discussion, performance, writing and reading activities to develop our students literary, linguistic and language skills.  We offer students opportunities to develop their ability to:


  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding

  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

  • become competent in the arts of speaking and listening, using drama to further understanding and literary depth.


Message from Anthony Horowitz

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Miss Bassett was fortunate to meet and chat with author Anthony Horowitz yesterday at Dr Challoner’s girls’ school. Mr Horowitz recorded a special message to us at Great Missenden School!

Year 3 Alice in Wonderland - September 2018

During English lessons, Year 3 performed a 'Whoosh' to understand the story of Alice in Wonderland.  They acted it out, but did not know which part they would play.  Mr Sperring would choose the children by tapping them on the head, who would then have to act as characters such as Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.  They also had to act out such things as trees, gardens, bottles and flamingos!

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Opportunity for Academy Bursar at Great Missenden School.... Closing Date 15th July 2019....... For details see the "JOIN US" page on the Great Learners Trust Website ......GREAT MISSENDEN SCHOOL - OUTSTANDING SINCE 2006 - AN ACADEMY OF THE GREAT LEARNERS TRUST - AN OUTSTANDING EDUCATION FOR EVERY CHILD - CHALLENGE FOR ALL - GROWTH MINDSET - GREAT MISSENDEN SCHOOL