The English Faculty comprises of six passionate, enthusiastic and experienced teachers.
To be successful in our English lessons, external examinations and the wider world, we are committed to ensuring that all students are taught how to be excellent readers, writers, speakers and thinkers. Our task as teachers of English is to allow the development of these areas by providing engaging and challenging lessons which allow students of all abilities to make rapid progress.
The study of literature extends our students’ awareness of the world and develops their skills of critical analysis, empathy and discrimination. Our members of staff are avid readers with a keen interest in a wide range of literature, which we enjoy sharing with the students we teach.
At Key Stage 3 we teach in half-termly schemes that balance a range of reading and writing skills. We assess each half term, upon these particular skills, so that over the academic year we ensure a wide range of techniques and approaches have been covered. Literacy is embedded within all schemes and to develop good quality writing, all year 7 students have one ‘stamina writing’ lesson per fortnight and all year 8 students have one grammar lesson per fortnight. In addition, all students in years 7 & 8 will have a library lesson (once per fortnight) which is aimed at both developing their love and passion for reading and refining their ability to decode information and understand the meaning of a wide range of texts.
KS4 GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
At Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA syllabi for English Language and English Literature. The course commences in Year 9 (during the spring term) and is carefully structured in order to ensure thorough coverage of the new syllabus (grades 1-9). Each aspect of the course is covered with assessments and subsequent detailed feedback, alongside full paper assessments for years 10 & 11.