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Headteacher: Mr T. McGuinness

English

Introduction

This is an energetic, highly motivated and well resourced department that looks to find the best fit examinations for our students. We have recently switched our GCSE provision to EDUQAS and offer courses in GCSE English and English Literature. All pupils will be prepared from Year 7 through to Year 11 with those end examinations in mind.

As a core subject, we are also innovative and inspirational in developing pupils’ literacy skills across the curriculum. We cater effectively for pupils of all abilities and offer a range of teaching and learning experiences. We are also committed to promoting a love of reading and support. ‘Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)’ as a curriculum initiative where all students in Year 7 & 8 commit to a period of private reading each day.

We want happy, engaged students who are able to become reflective, creative learners working both independently and co-operatively. We are also committed to enhancing the cultural, spiritual and moral development of our children through the study of literature and language.

Staff
  • Mrs J Sweeney (HoD)
  • Ms P Harrison (KS4)
  • Ms T Roberts (KS3)
  • Mrs M Palin (Literacy Coordinator)
  • Mr J Evans
  • Ms K Young
  • Miss L Carter
  • Ms E Edwards
  • Mrs J Harkin

Curriculum Overview:

Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8, pupils follow the new Key Stage 3 curriculum, studying a wide range of texts by both modern authors and classic English writers, including Shakespeare and Dickens. Pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and develop key literacy skills building on the Key Stage 2 programme of study.

In year 9, pupils embark upon their GCSE foundation year. We prepare pupils by consolidating the skills they will need for the rigorous GCSE examinations. During the last term they will focus on literary texts prescribed for the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage Four, pupils follow the new EDUQAS (Grades 1-9) specifications in English Language and English Literature. Each specification consists of two final linear examinations, the results of which provide the pupils with two overall GCSE grade. Further to this, all pupils undertake a compulsory speaking and listening assessment which is a separate endorsement graded as either Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Throughout the two-year course, pupils are given the opportunity to study a wide range of texts including ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Dickens), “Blood Brothers” (Willy Russell) and “Macbeth” (Shakespeare), as well as a range of non-fiction texts from the 19 th and 21 st century. Pupils are also taught how to write critical essays in response to the texts they have studied. They will also learn how to write in a range of creative and transactional styles.

Additionally, pupils studying English Literature will cover a range of contemporary and Literary Heritage poems from the EDUQAS poetry anthology.

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