The English Department vision is to promote a love of literature, encouraging life long readers and to nurture an
appreciation of the power and beauty of words.
Key Stage 3
Students are taught in mixed ability classes in Year 7/8 and set on general ability in Year 9. All year groups follow a varied curriculum. The curriculum is enquiry based and each lesson begins with a set of key questions. Schemes of Work are detailed and well structured, each Scheme of Work contains exciting and challenging opportunities to raise attainment at all levels. In Year 9 all students will experience literature that is relevant to the GCSE course.
The number of students making Expected Progress at the end of Key Stage 3 has shown consistent improvement over recent years.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students study the AQA course in English Language and Literature. The course leads to the award of two certificates.
The course consists of two components: Spoken Language Study and examinations. The two courses will take all
exams in June of Year 11 with the Spoken Language Assessment taking place at the end of Year 10.
GCSE exam results have improved consistently over the past four years.
The English Curriculum Area is committed to improving learning and teaching and this is evident in its success.
The Curriculum Area also organizes extra-curricular activities such as theatre trips and educational visits.
There are seven dedicated English classrooms situated on the top floor of the main school building, one of which is an equipped Media Suite with ten computer stations. All English classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and a
mobile unit of laptops is readily available for department use. The Media Suite prepares students for Media activities,
experiences and courses that are part of the English Curriculum Area.