English

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… the man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

KS3 Curriculum:

Key Stage 3 is designed to engage students and inspire a love of English. It has been planned to be challenging and interesting, using a variety of teaching techniques and as preparation for GCSE. Students study a range of texts from the literary heritage, as well as modern fiction and non-fiction.

Students have three English lessons per week. Over the year students complete two units: drama (including Shakespeare) and a storytelling unit (they study an entire novel as well as poetry and non-fiction texts). One of the three lessons per week is known as the Big Write lesson. In this hour, students develop their writing skills for both descriptive and narrative writing. They also focus upon the vital skills of spelling, punctuation and grammar. There are common assignments in each unit which students complete and are assessed in order to monitor students’ progress.

Some classes also use the Accelerated Reader programme in order to read more frequently and improve their reading skills. All students are encouraged to read independently at home.

Classes also visit the library and make use of its resources.

KS4 Curriculum:

At Key Stage 4, all students study both English Language and English Literature.  For both, we follow AQA’s 9-1 GCSE specifications. These courses are linear with all exams being in the summer of Year 11. Year 10 have four hours of English per week, which is increased to 5 in Year 11.

Students develop their skills to read fluently and write effectively. They study a range of texts from both the literary heritage and contemporary pieces, including prose, drama, poetry and a range of non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. This develops students’ critical reading and also the study of the craft of writing, helping students to make conscious choices when producing their own writing.

Assessment is regular and rigorous in order to monitor progress.

Both courses are very successful and regularly achieve over 75% A*-C.

KS5 Curriculum:

At Key Stage 5, three separate courses are offered: English Language, English Literature, and combined English Language and Literature. We follow the AQA specifications for all three (Literature follow Spec A). All three courses develop students’ ability to work independently whilst studying a range of topics. They have 5 hours per week in both Years 12 and 13. They are very popular subjects within the sixth form and students regularly achieve over 50% A/B grades.

Staffing:

Mrs L Warland – Curriculum Leader

Ms H Bell

Mr M Billany – Assistant SENCO

Mrs J Clughen

Mr R Cooper – Assistant Curriculum Leader (acting)

Mrs J Darley

Mrs H Denham – SENCO

Mrs C Feeney

Mrs R Gordon

Miss C Harland – Assistant Curriculum Leader (acting), Whole-school literacy co-ordinator

Mrs J Johnstone

Ms R Kilkenny – Assistant Headteacher

Mrs C McHugh

Ms S Patel

Mrs H Robinson – Assistant Curriculum Leader KS3 (Maternity leave)

Miss J Ronan – Assistant Curriculum Leader (acting)

Mr A Thain

Ms C Todd – Assistant Curriculum Leader KS4

Miss L Eadie – Classroom Assistant