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“You completely changed her life around and for that we are eternally grateful.”

English

Introduction

Confidence and competence in English is, of course, very important to success in this and other subjects. The English department works hard to ensure that all pupils are effective communicators when both writing and speaking, and that they understand all forms of written communication when reading. We endeavour to produce a love of literature in our students and also opportunities to participate in Creative Writing competitions and various drama activities.

Facilities

The English department is housed within a suite of three rooms. These comprise ‘The Lecture Theatre’, a large space particularly suited to drama activities, and E1 and E2, which are more traditional classrooms.

Curriculum

At key stage 3 pupils study a variety of non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama, as well as developing their literacy skills and creativity and being prepared for the exams.

In Year 7, pupils study a text such as Boy, Private Peaceful, Holes or Greek Myths. They explore both creative writing and non-fiction writing as well as pre-twentieth century poetry and short stories from around the world. Finally, in the last term of Year 7, they explore the world, language and works of William Shakespeare. In addition, all Year 7 pupils receive stand-alone literacy lessons each week focusing on their technical skills for use across the curriculum.

In Year 8, pupils undertake a study of pre-twentieth century short stories, poetry from other cultures and at least one of Animal Farm, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Stone Cold or Ruby Tanya. They also explore persuasive writing and presenting, and finish the year studying one of The Tempest or A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In Year 9, all pupils embark upon AQA’s GCSE English Language and English Literature; this first year acting as a foundation for the externally assessed elements in Years 10 and 11. Students are taught in ability groups for four hours per week. The courses assess three key skills: Spoken Language through the Spoken Language Endorsement; reading and understanding of literature through the study of a pre-twentieth century novel, a Shakespeare play, a collection of poetry and a modern text; and the ability to write both creative and discursive texts. Students are prepared for their exams through a series of internal tests and mock exams.

English Literature continues to be a popular choice at A Level. Students follow AQA’s specification A. The course consists of two modules: ‘Love through the Ages’ which requires students to study a Shakespeare play, a novel and a collection of poetry all themed around love and covering a broad sweep of time from Shakespeare to the end of the nineteenth century; ‘Modern Times’ requires pupils to study a second novel, play and collection of poetry all united by a shorter time period, from 1945 to the present day. Teaching is less formal than at KS3 and KS4 and seeks to build on the discussion skills and love of literature acquired throughout the compulsory teaching of this subject. It is essential that students read widely, and theatre visits are organised whenever appropriate in order to enrich the curriculum.

Staff

  • Mr Belton - English Teacher and Lead Teacher for Creativity
  • Mrs Dennis - Subject Leader
  • Mrs Hall – English Teacher
  • Mrs Hull – English Teacher and Specialist Assessor
  • Miss Pafomow – English Teacher