Head of English: Miss Z Johnston
Lead Teacher of English: Ms Rose
Lead Teacher of English: Miss L Redfern
Teacher: Ms Z Batool
Teacher: Mrs A Phillips
Teacher: Ms P Silverlock
Teacher: Mrs L Hurst
Teacher of English/ Transition Teacher: Mrs C Thomas
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.
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Key Stage 3
At KS3, excellent schemes of work ensure that pupils study poetry, plays and novels, in addition to non-fiction, media and ICT. Pupils are given the opportunity to read whole books as well as extracts, across many periods and cultures, including texts written by inspirational women.Pupils regularly set and review their own individual targets and track their progress. Homework is set and completed weekly and pupils are encouraged to research, explore and work independently at home. Pupils are tested on entry and their progress is monitored throughout the key stage. Reading is widely promoted and pupils will read additional books in their weekly reading sessions.
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 including: Shakespeare, J, B Priestley and Dickens.
English Literature – AQA
English Language – AQA
In addition to our work in the classroom, we are keen to provide pupils with opportunities to join in extra-curricular clubs and other initiatives. Visiting theatre companies also regularly perform at the school and we have strong links with the Drama Department. Pupils have also watched performances of plays such as 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'Romeo and Juliet' at theatres across the country. We are also keen to encourage budding writers to enter various writing competitions such as our poetry and short story competitions. Traditionally the pupils have met with great success.