English Language & Literature
English is a core subject at both Key Stages 3 and 4. We have four dedicated English classrooms, each resourced with an interactive whiteboard. The Library Resource Centre is situated next to the department, allowing access to an excellent range of books and computer facilities, including netbooks for use in the classroom.
In Year 7 students build on their primary school experience and further develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This is achieved by studying a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
Students are introduced to the main skills and assessment objectives requisite for examination success later in their school career.
Years 8 and 9
Students continue to develop their skills through the study of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, drama, media and the study of the spoken language. Students build upon the foundations of the skills and knowledge established in Year 7 by working through a progressively more challenging curriculum. Students are given many opportunities to talk about their learning, with speaking and listening activities embedded throughout each unit of work. The GCSE course begins midway through Year 9.
The units of work pick up and develop key assessment strands necessary for success at GCSE. The knowledge and skills are regularly assessed and form part of the information for the reporting process.
In English we follow the AQA course in English Language and English Literature, leading to two GCSEs.