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 units of work that balance a range of reading and writing skills. We assess the students twice during each unit, using a variety of assessment and feedback strategies. Each unit of work provides students with plenty of opportunities to develop their reading skills, with a key focus being places on students’ ability to comprehend what they have read. Students in KS3 will also complete lessons using ‘Bedrock vocabulary’ software. This is an effective online series of lessons which focuses on developing students’ vocabularies.
KS4 GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
At Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA syllabus for English Language and the Eduqas syllabus English Literature (2022 will be our first examination year for this, the current year 11 cohort will still follow AQA). The course is carefully structured in order to ensure thorough coverage of each set text for English Literature, alongside the many skills students need to be successful in both Language and Literature. The set texts we study are: Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, R.L Stevenson’s ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, J.B Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ and an anthology of poetry selected by the exam board.
English Faculty Staff
|Miss Perkins||Director of English|
|Mrs Huyton||Assistant Director of English|
|Mrs Walker||Lead Practitioner of English|
|Miss Patton||House Progress Leader / Teacher of English|
|Miss Lord||Teacher of English|
|Mrs Pennington||Teacher of English|