The fundamental aims of the English department are to:

  • provide opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills that will enable students to speak appropriately in a given context, adapting their speech to suit the purpose and the audience;
  • develop reading skills, using a range of texts from different periods, cultures and genres to enable students to be able to understand the conventions writers use and to understand their effects;
  • encourage a love for reading and engage students with an enthusiasm for language and how writers use it in different ways;
  • provide opportunities to enable students to write appropriately and accurately to suit the purpose and the audience;
  • encourage students to be aware of the conventions of types of writing and to adapt them successfully in their own writing;

Above all we aim to foster a love of literature and language in every student.

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Keystage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3 students study a wide range of topic areas, these cover: Shakespeare, poetry, extended prose, short stories, thematic studies, non-fiction and multi-modal text types. The curriculum at KS3 is innovative and engaging and has multiple opportunities for students to make an exceptional level of progress. Assessment throughout the key stage is planned with regard to the GCSE qualifications and expectations but we take time to keep on expanding those integral key stage 2 skills at the same time. We see this time in Years 7 and 8 as essential in building a love of the subject; enjoyment and engagement being a top priority.

GCSE

AQA GCSE English Language Students – The AQA specification is designed to inspire and motivate students, providing appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are, as far as possible, accessible to all students. It enables students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly. We look in detail at a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts from both contemporary sources and 19th/20th century writers.

AQA GCSE English Literature – The English Literature specification is designed to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, regardless of ability level. We cover a diverse range of texts from English literary heritage as well as modern day classics.

Sixth Form

AQA A Level English Language – This course encourages students to develop their interest in and appreciation of English Language, through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations. Over the span of the course we explore issues of language change, acquisition, diversity and representation.

AQA A Level English Literature – This course aims to broaden your mind by reading and analysing a range of literary texts, focusing initially on how narrative works in texts and how connections can be made across texts through the use of different narratives; you will then go on to study critical theory and also elements of the ‘Crime’ genre.

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