Our goal is to nurture a love of both language and literature. We work hard to develop students’ ability to communicate successfully, encouraging them to extend the range of their own language in terms of style, vocabulary, structure and form, and providing them with the tools to become engaging and imaginative writers. We provide opportunities to explore literature, whether contemporary authors or writers from the literary heritage.
Miss Travis, Head of English
English in Year 7 and Year 8
We use a thematic approach in Key Stage 3. Over the two years, students read a variety of texts: biography, autobiography, newspapers reports, blogs and reviews, both fiction and non-fiction. Students also develop their writing skills as they learn how to adapt their writing for different purposes and audiences. In addition there is a focus on speaking and listening in order to help students become confident and effective communicators.
English at Key Stage 4
All students study both GCSE English language and GCSE English literature. They begin both courses in Year 9.
Examination Board: Eduqas
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) English Language
Link: English Language
In English language, we study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from the last 200 years. For the writing elements of the course, students develop their creative-writing ability and master the ability to write in a variety of ‘transactional’ styles, including formal letters and reports.
Examination Board: AQA
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) English Literature
Link: English Literature
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