English

The English Department has again been awarded the Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark in recognition of increased challenge within the curriculum, enthusing students through subject based activities beyond the curriculum, developing staff’s own subject knowledge and developing subject based links outside school. Prince Charles himself was there when our submission was presented in London.

  • We do challenge our students with Chaucer, and Toni Morrison taught in Year 7, Dickens in Year 8, GCSE texts in Year 9…
  • We do enthuse students with professional writers working with year 7 and 8, theatre visits, Public Speaking and Poetry Competitions, using The Hub radio station…
  • We do develop our own subject knowledge, attending training provided by the authority, examination boards, The Prince’s Teaching Institute…
  • We do develop links with other secondary schools both locally and nationally.

KS3 students follow a curriculum that is stimulating and creative, that consolidates skills and that prepares them for GCSE. There is an assessment system, Assessment of Pupil Progress, where work is standardised regularly and students who are not making the necessary progress are supported. Years 7 and 8 are in mixed ability classes apart from a small teaching group where students are provided with additional help.

Students at KS4 follow AQA specifications. Higher groups sit two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature. Lower groups sit one English GCSE that covers both Language and Literature – although entry in January of Year 11 enables those students who succeed to move on to English Literature GCSE.

At KS5 we offer English Literature A-level. Students are successful and often move on to English related courses at University and English related careers.

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Miss H. Rossiter
Head of Department
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