All pupils study English for three periods a week throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. In all years, students are taught in ability groups.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 schemes of work meet the requirements of the National Literacy Strategy and the National Curriculum. All students will study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts which cover classic and modern prose, poetry, drama, non-fiction and media texts. Students will develop their skills in writing, reading, speaking and listening and will be assessed at various stages of their course in all of these aspects. Students’ reading is also supported by a fortnightly library lesson.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 schemes of work prepare students for entry to two GCSE exams: English Language and English Literature. Students complete coursework and exam preparation over Years 10 and 11 which cover a wide range of poetry, prose and drama texts from Shakespeare to the present day. Coursework is completed by controlled assessment throughout both Years 10 and 11. Students will build on the skills of writing, reading, speaking and listening developed over Key Stage 3 and the assessment of all of these aspects is part of the GCSE course.

The English department aims to foster the appreciation of literature and reading so each student is actively encouraged to undertake wider reading through a Reading Scrapbook which is maintained in all years. We also aim to develop students’ interests in the media, performing arts and the English Literary heritage. The department also assists students to develop accuracy in expression, grammatical use and spelling.

English Staff

Mrs S Meggett (HOD)

Mrs E Blackbourn (AHoD)

Miss T Crawshaw

Miss E Garnett

Mrs J Grant

Mrs E Hanson

Miss H Millard

Mrs R Parry

Miss N Whiles

Mr S Wilcock

Miss J Wright


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