Mrs J Hunter (Head of English)
Mr M Broadhurst
Miss N Walley
Miss K Vardy
Miss C Short
Ms G Shaw
Key Stage 3:
Students main focus in KS3 is becoming independent, critical and analytical readers. They are expected to a read a variety of genre and are set daily page targets in order to encourage regular reading. All students take an on-line quiz on the book they have read and results are monitored.
As well as personal reading, students study a selection of texts in class and incorporate writing activities which focuses on the purpose of their writing as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Key Stage 4:
Students study two separate GCSEs – English Language and English Literature – following the Edexcel syllabus. Their Literature GCSE studies include a full Shakespeare play, a 19th century novel, a post-1914 play, poems since 1739 and unseen poems. Their Language studies include 19th century fiction extracts, 20/21st century non-fiction extracts, imaginative writing and transactional writing. For Language there is also an additional Speaking & Listening element which is certificated separately, where students can develop a range of communication skills. Both GCSEs are assessed by examinations only; English Literature at the end of Year 10 and English Language at the end of Year 11.
Students are encouraged to attend regular revision sessions both at lunch and after-school to consolidate their understanding and for further examination preparation. Regular websites, revision guides and text guides are shared with students.