The English department is a team of fully dedicated professionals committed to supporting, guiding and enriching the learning experience for all students.
Key Stage 3
At KS3, students follow a lively, engaging and challenging course which includes the study of Greek Myths, Magic and Fantasy, The Art of Rhetoric, Power and Conflict Poetry, Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies as well as whole novel study.
Students are taught in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum and study the following areas: Reading, Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary and Spoken English.
Our students are exposed to a rich diet of literary study from across history through a range of genres and a diversity of perspectives.
Key Stage 4
Students in Years 10 and 11 currently follow the AQA examination syllabus and sit GCSE English and English Literature at the end of Year 11. Students work in a challenging, exciting and vibrant learning atmosphere where they are encouraged to think of the “big” ideas connected to the texts.
In the light of fundamental changes to GCSE examinations in English from 2015, all-new KS4 schemes of work have been produced; as well as building on the skills developed at Key Stage 3, these schemes allow the students every opportunity to develop the stamina necessary to achieve their potential in English Language and Literature GCSEs, both of which are assessed entirely in end of Year 11 terminal exams.
There are a number of extra-curricular activities available for pupils. There is a Drama club available for Key Stage 3 pupils from September to December in which pupils create their own Christmas performance. There is also a successful Book Club in which pupils read and exchange their thoughts on books, culminating each year in an annual trip to the Carnegie Book Awards and trips to Hay Festival.
Key Stage 4 pupils are offered theatre trips to assist their revision of Literature texts and develop their understanding.