Our principle aim is to inspire our students and create a love for English. We aim to develop our students holistically, preparing them for the modern world.
We have an exciting and challenging curriculum that is designed to enable our students to appreciate the varied richness of language and literature, to stimulate their curiosity and their enjoyment of the subject while making individual progress.
Key Stage 3
Through the study of a range of challenging novels, plays and poetry, we endeavour to raise the expectations of all our students so that they each fulfil their potential and achieve their very best. Pupils learn to closely analyse a variety of texts, write creatively and make contextual links.
Students learning is varied with a focus each year on project based assessment as well as extended writing outcomes.
Students are encouraged to become resilient, confident and articulate by completing independent study, group activities and creative performance. Extra-curricular opportunities including poetry slams and debate club help to create young people who are excited by English.
English is taught in mixed ability groups with support provided for all, including clear differentiated lessons, regular stretch and challenge tasks and targeted intervention offered as appropriate.
Everyone in the English Department has a genuine enthusiasm for the subject, which we hope to convey to our students.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE, we use the AQA examining board which offers two GCSEs: English Language and Literature. All students complete both GCSEs along with a Spoken Language Endorsement.
The assessment objectives aim to develop students’ analytical, interpretative and creative skills through their reading and writing of fiction and non-fiction texts.
Students study a variety of different texts, including A Sign of Four, Macbeth, An Inspector Calls and the AQA Anthology; as well as develop their ability to write for different audiences and purposes.
The syllabus is exam-based, so there is an emphasis on close-reading and committing key themes, ideas and quotations to memory.
English in Year 10 is taught in mixed ability groups with support provided for all, including clear differentiated lessons, regular stretch and challenge tasks and targeted intervention offered as appropriate. In Year 11 pupils are grouped based on individual skills and areas for development, this enables each pupil to make optimum progress.