Tom Smith 

    Head of English

    Tom joined Hurst in 2015, having previously taught at Wycombe Abbey School, the Lycée International Paris and St John’s Leatherhead, where he was Head of English. He studied English at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Tom’s literary interests range from Chaucer to Modernism and he has a particular appetite for contemporary poetry. A keen runner, he is involved with the college’s Triathlon team.



    The English department prides itself on engaging students with dynamic and intellectually challenging voyages into literature that nurture a lifelong love of English in all its forms.

    Our journeys through the texts encourage students to engage fully with the language, form, structure and deeper meanings of a wide range of literature. Lively debate and questioning is seen as a vital part of the analytical process. To engage in meaningful exploration, we ensure that our students have a firm grounding in literacy in order to gain the tools that will allow them to make progress and grow, becoming confident in their handling of all texts.


    In the Sixth Form, the students hone their analytical skills and embark on a journey covering a variety of literary periods and movements. The OCR English Literature A-level course allows for individuality and for the development of an incredibly informed, personal response to the texts studied, whilst encouraging the wider reading and research that will be so useful as they continue their education beyond college. The range of texts is broad and varied and lessons are exciting and challenging. Those who possess an enquiring mind and a passion for our linguistic heritage will relish the diversity of English Literature and thrive on its creative possibilities. The intellectually curious will learn to express opinion with confidence, freedom and skill, to enjoy the effects of discerning use of language and to explore a complex range of ideas from across the ages.

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