Successful communication is at the core of everything we teach in English; good communication with others is essential. Therefore, whether it is written or verbal, we are committed to supporting our learners to be resilient, successful and confident communicators.
In addition, through a variety of learning experiences, we encourage our students to develop a life-long love of literature and reading for pleasure and success.
Throughout all years we seek to offer enrichment opportunities that range from theatre trips to visiting writers and poets, through which the skills of collaboration, independence and team-work are developed. Our English Student Ambassadors group support the development of opportunities for students in English.
Years 7 and 8
In-line with the National Curriculum, students are taught a broad curriculum designed to engage and prepare them for the skills required at GCSE. Students are introduced to a range of different types of writing and encouraged to read widely in their own time. Typical texts studied in years 7 and 8 are: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Macbeth, Stone Cold, Face and a range of non-literary texts. For those students who require additional support with literacy skills we provide smaller teaching groups where individual needs can be addressed at an appropriate level. Students are expected to complete 30mins homework a week, as well as read independently on a regular basis.
In years 9 to 11 all of our students study for GCSEs in English Language and English Literature, covering a wide-range of engaging texts. Typical texts include: Blood Brothers, The Woman in Black, A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet and a range of modern and pre-1900 poetry. We currently use the EDUQAS specifications for both qualifications. Students are expected to complete 1 hour of significant homework a week, as well as independent study and revision.
In years 12 and 13 students are given the option to study for the EDUQAS combined English Language and Literature A-Level. Students who study this course value the range of literary and non-literary texts covered, as well as the opportunities for discussion and independent study that are embedded throughout the course. This well-established course is taught by experienced staff who are committed to developing students’ practical communication and critical-thinking skills in preparation for higher education and/or employment. For students in the sixth-form who need to improve their GCSE English grade we also offer the EDUQAS GCSE English Language qualification.
Curriculum Director: Gemma Evans