Head of English (ALT)

Mrs K.S. SchutteMBA, BA Hons, PGCE with QTS, APG, MA Ed

English is fundamental in securing success across the curriculum and, at Cranleigh Prep, we believe that reading, writing, speaking and listening are essential life skills. Despite being an active and developing language, the fundamentals remain the same. English aims to teach literacy, the ability to read and write, but in addition we seek to impart the skills that enable pupils to think for themselves and to express their feelings and ideas effectively. We also strive to teach an appreciation of how others think, feel and express their thoughts. We believe that reading is intrinsic to all academic success and we encourage the children to read as often as they can.

Vitally, the study of English allows us to study the stories of past, present and future, fantasy and reality, myth and legend, tales of different cultures and traditions and in many forms and styles, which help us learn more about ourselves, about other people and about the world in which we live.


Nearly every class at Cranleigh Prep has an English lesson every day, and some have two! In addition, most classes have reading periods and Forms 1-3 have a weekly library lesson. Experienced English specialists and Form Tutors teach classes. Our broad curriculum develops reading, writing, comprehension, spelling, handwriting and decoding skills. We also enjoy entire and part novel study.

Reading is very important to pupils at Cranleigh Prep and they are supported with an excellent full-time librarian, a very well stocked library and Accelerated Reader throughout the school.

We have an annual Patron of Reading, a children’s author who visits the school on multiple occasions throughout the year. We are also very proud to run the annual Awesome Book Awards, which encourages young readers across London and the South East www.awesomebookawards.com.  We also hold an annual World Book Day celebration, with recent speakers including Chris Riddell and Gino d’Acampo, and have a popular, yearly House Spelling Bee.

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