Head of English: Miss Z Johnston
Lead Teacher of English: Mrs D Thomas
Lead Teacher of English: Miss L Redfern
Teacher: Ms Z Batool
Teacher: Mrs A Phillips
Teacher: Mrs H Nguyen Doyle
Teacher: Mr D Fletcher
Teacher: Ms P Silverlock
Teacher: Mr C Clinton
A warm welcome to the English Department.
We are enthusiastic teachers of the subject and hope to inspire our pupils with a lasting love of reading and to enable them to be confident users of the English language. We are keen for the pupils to enjoy lessons as much as possible by including opportunities to engage in a variety of different activities. The English Department achieves excellent results and we hope to continue this tradition. The last Ofsted report praised this achievement and the quality of the teaching. Resources and provision for EAL and SEN were also praised.
Key Stage 3
At KS3 we follow the National Curriculum. Excellent schemes of work ensure that pupils study poetry, plays and novels, in addition to non-fiction, media and I.T. Pupils regularly set and review their own individual targets to ensure further progress. Homework is set and marked regularly and pupils are given meaningful feedback. Year 7 pupils are tested on entry and their progress is carefully monitored.
Key Stage 4
At KS4, pupils are entered for two GCSEs, English Language and English Literature. We follow the AQA specifications for English Literature in both Year 10 and Year 11. A variety of texts are studied, covering both modern and pre-1900 writers. For English Language, we follow the AQA specification in Year 10 & 11.
English Literature – AQA
English Language – AQA
In addition to our work in the classroom, we are keen to provide pupils with the opportunities to join in extra-curricular clubs and other initiatives such as Debate Mate and the Brilliant Club. Visiting theatre companies also regularly perform at the school and we have strong links with the Drama Department. We are also keen to encourage budding writers to enter various writing competitions such as the Poetry Olympics and the Selly Park Poetry Competition. Traditionally the pupils have met with great success.