“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… the man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin
Across all the Key Stages we endeavour to enrich our young people’s experiences of English, and subsequently their lives, as they study this broad and wonderful subject while at the same time being provided with the skills they need to be successful during their time at school and beyond.
- Students study a range of texts that cover: literary heritage, modern fiction and non-fiction, and include diverse voices.
- Students have three English lessons per week. Over the year students complete three units: drama (including Shakespeare), a storytelling unit (they study an entire novel), and a poetry unit. All lessons include opportunities for students to enjoy reading, critical reading and develop their skills as writers of many forms. There are regular and common opportunities for assessment within each unit which students complete and feedback is provided in order to monitor students’ progress and ensure they fulfil their potential.
- Classes in Years 7 and 8 use the Accelerated Reader programme to ensure they read more frequently and improve their reading skills. All students are encouraged to read independently at home as well as in the first 10 minutes of all their lessons around school. The programme also recommends titles for students to read to allow them to be challenged, make more varied choices in their reading experience and become life long lovers of literature and text.
- Classes regularly visit the library and make use of its resources.
- At Key Stage 4, all students study both English Language and English Literature. For both, we follow AQA’s 9-1 GCSE specifications. These courses are linear with all exams being in the summer of Year 11. Year 10 has four hours of English per week, which is increased to 5 in Year 11.
- Students develop their skills to read fluently and write effectively. They study a range of texts from both the literary heritage and contemporary pieces, including prose, drama (including Shakespeare), poetry and a range of non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. This develops students’ critical reading and also the study of the craft of writing, helping students to make conscious choices when producing their own writing.
- Assessment is regular and rigorous in order to monitor progress.
- Both courses are very successful and regularly achieve over 70% 9-4.
At Key Stage 5, three separate courses are offered: English Language, English Literature and Media Studies. We follow the AQA specifications for Language and Literature, (Literature follow Spec A), and OCR for Media Studies. All three courses develop students’ ability to work independently whilst studying a range of topics. Students also complete an NEA (Non-Examination Assessment) in each A Level where they are able to explore, investigate and create a piece on their chosen topic therefore encouraging further engagement with their chosen A Level and a chance to demonstrate their skills and talents. They have 5 hours per week in both Years 12 and 13. They are very popular subjects within the sixth form and students regularly achieve over 50% A*/B grades.
Miss C Wilson – Curriculum Leader
Ms H Bell
Mr M Briggs – Assistant SENCO
Mr A Chidambambaram
Mrs J Clughen – part time
Mr R Cooper
Mrs C Feeney – Whole School Literacy Coordinator
Miss C Harland
Ms R Kilkenny – Assistant Headteacher
Mrs C McHugh – Assistant Curriculum Leader KS4 (part time)
Ms S Patel – Assistant Curriculum Leader
Miss F Pattinson
Mrs H Robinson
Miss J Ronan
Mrs L Thain – Assistant Curriculum leader KS3
Mrs L Warland – Assistant Headteacher