Aims and objectives of the English department
- to become confident and proficient users of English;
- to be intelligent and discriminating readers;
- to enjoy literature and language in all its forms;
- to have confidence about approaching literature independently.
Department personnelThe English department consists of nine members of teaching staff and one English teaching assistant. All members of the department are passionate and enthusiastic English specialists.
Key Stage 3
The English curriculum at key stage three gives students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as learning about a variety of writing and talking styles. In line with the new National Curriculum orders, each lesson will also have a SPAG (spelling, punctuation ad grammar) focus.
Key Stage 3 Assessment
Students will be assessed formatively throughout each unit of work. Students will also sit an end-of-year unseen examination.
Key Stage 4
The English department offers 2 GCSE qualifications: English Language and English Literature. We currently use AQA examination board and deliver the English Language curriculum using the Literature texts.
Key Stage 4 Assessment
English Language and Literature GCSEs are 100% linear, with examinations taken at the end of year 11. All examinations are 'closed-book' and unseen.
Students are offered the opportunity to take part in many extra-curricular activities throughout key stage 3 and 4, for example: a lively creative writing club; theatre performances; reading and writing awards; theatre tours; drama workshops; exam enhancement classes for key stage four; key stage four exam booster sessions; BBC News Report; Debate Club and student conferences.
How can I support my child’s learning?
There are many ways that students can extend their learning beyond the classroom:
- SAM learning
- BBC Bitesize
- reading a variety of fiction (for possible book titles see the Book Trust's top 100 recommendations)
- reading non-fiction, such as newspapers