English is taught in seven classrooms that each have an interactive whiteboard, enhancing students’ learning through a wide range of teaching and learning possibilities available. Further to this, we have a large stock cupboard that is constantly refreshed with engaging titles to stimulate the interest of all students. In order to make the most of the excellent resources available to students, all English staff are committed to getting the most out of all students, of all abilities, at each of the different key stages.
As English is one of the core subjects, it has a very high profile in our school. In English lessons, students will practise skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening; forming the foundation of success in all subjects. In addition to this, we are committed to equipping students with the functional skills that are essential for success in life outside school, particularly in the world of work.
KEY STAGE 3 – ENGLISH
In Year 9, we have a commitment to support students of all abilities to achieve to the highest possible level. With this in mind, we teach in ability groups, with literacy trained support staff available to support in lessons. With recently reviewed and adapted schemes of work, brought in line with the most recent educational policies, students will be exposed to a range of different text types and be encouraged to express their own personal responses. Year 9 is a year of consolidation of the core skills that are taught throughout Key Stage 3 and our schemes of work have been produced in consultation with our main feeder middle schools. Year 9 is also a year of preparation for GCSE; something else which we are keen to reflect in the topics studied.
KEY STAGE 4 – GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
Exam Board Edexcel
English Language exams – Fiction and Imaginative Writing
Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing
English Literature exams – Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature
19th Century Novel and Poetry
In Year 10 and 11, students study GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. We follow the Edexcel syllabus, which we feel is the most appropriate for the students at our school. The focus of study is designed to suit different ability learners, and their strengths, across Year 10 and 11. All students will study English Language and English Literature during these two years, taking exams at the end of Year 11. Progress is regularly tracked to identify where students are being most successful, whilst also highlighting areas where additional support is required. All students are given an equal opportunity to succeed and our ability setting supports this.
KEY STAGE 5 – ENGLISH LITERATURE
English Literature is a Russell Group facilitating subject. The entry requirement for English Literature is a minimum of a grade 6+ at GCSE.
Three exams – Drama (30%); Prose (20%); Poetry (30%) – and coursework (20%) for A-Level
Component 1 – Drama
Component 2 – Prose
Component 3 – Poetry
Useful Subject & Revision Websites
100% pass rate at A-Level in 2016.
KEY STAGE 5 – ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Two exams – Exploring Language (40%); Dimensions of Linguistic Variation (40%)– and non-examined assessment, Independent Language Research (20%) for A-Level.
Entry requirements: Minimum of 4+ for GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language
Component 1 – Exploring Language
Component 2 – Dimensions of Linguistic Variation
Component 3 – Independent Language Research
Useful Subject & Revision Websites
Englishbiz A-Level Language – http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/mainguides/a-level_frameworks.htm
Universal Teacher – http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/contents.htm#langa
100% pass rate at A-Level in 2015.
Contribution to SMSC
In English we explore a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, which allow the consideration of a range of values and beliefs, attitudes towards others, and diversity. We also study a number of British texts as well as a from different cultures meaning students have many opportunities to consider their social and cultural roots.
Contribution to Wider Curriculum
Through the explicit teaching and development of literacy skills.
BBC Schools Report.