English

Head of Faculty

Miss Charlotte Carson

Introduction

Our aim is to create a friendly and stimulating environment in which all our students are enabled to develop fully their spoken and written language skills and so reach their potential. We want our students to feel empowered in their ability to communicate with confidence and to develop a personal enthusiasm for the world of literature and language.

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9: Most students are taught in mixed ability groups and have six lessons over a two week timetable. There are smaller groups to develop students requiring additional support.

Topics include:

  • Year 7: Places, Poetry from Different Cultures, the novel Skellig, a choice of plays including War Horse and The Invisible Man.
  • Year 8: Detective Fiction, a class reader from a different culture, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a ‘Stories and Voices’ poetry unit
  • Year 9: War Poetry, The Gothic, Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Additionally, there is an independent reading programme for every year group.

Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11: Students are taught in higher and mixed ability groups. We have eight lessons over a two week timetable and students are entered for two GCSE courses: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. There is the opportunity for students to study the ‘Step up to English’ Entry Level course where necessary.

The set texts for GCSE English Literature are An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestley, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Shakepeare’s Macbeth and a poetry unit from the AQA Anthology entitled ‘Power and Conflict’.

Examination Board:

  • AQA GCSE English Language 8700
  • AQA GCSE English Literature 8702

Key Stage 5

We offer three A Levels:

  • A S and A Level English Literature
  • A level English Language (Year 13)
  • A Level English Language and Literature.

Our A level students have eight lessons over a two week timetable and are taught by two members of staff.

Our students perform well at Advanced Level, achieving better than the national average. Groups in the Sixth Form are smaller and the atmosphere is pleasant, friendly and hard-working.

Examination Board:

  • AQA A Level English Literature Specification B (7716/7717)
  • AQA A Level English Language and Literature (7706/7707).

Students are also able to re-sit GCSE English Language in Year 12 if they have not been successful in achieving a C grade in Year 11.

Extra-curricular

The Faculty aims to extend our students’ experiences beyond the classroom by running a number of activities to promote student engagement with the subject. These include theatre and cinema visits, outside speakers, study days, and our involvement with BBC School Report.