In the English Department we aim to help all pupils build their confidence in speaking and listening, reading and writing, whilst developing their independent and creative thinking skills. Transition is important, and the summer school helps manage the transition from primary to secondary school and to generate enthusiasm and self-confidence in all pupils. Throughout both Key Stages, pupils study a wide variety of novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction texts. Learning will be a continuous process, building on knowledge gained during Key Stage 2.
At Key Stage 3 pupils follow the Revised National Curriculum for English. They will work with a variety of texts and will develop skills in note taking, diary writing, letter writing, report writing, pamphlets, leaflets, review writing, advertisements, newspaper articles and critical responses to poems, stories and play scripts.
At Key Stage 4 pupils follow two courses leading to an IGCSE in English Language and a GCSE in English Literature.
Key Stage 3
Pupils initially undertake a transitional unit of work to develop skills and foster an enjoyment of English. During Year 7 pupils will follow a variety of schemes ranging from superheroes to poetry.
Pupils continue to build upon their skills in English. The revised programmes of study contain an in depth look at Shakespeare and how English language has changed throughout the years.
Pupils continue to engage with a variety of challenging language and literature tasks. Pupils engage on topics ranging from war and conflict to the study of the moving image.
Key Stage 4
Pupils at Key Stage 4 follow two courses; English Language and English Literature. At present this is IGCSE English Cambridge Board 0522 and AQA English Literature 9715.
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
IGCSE English Language has a strong coursework component and an additional speaking and listening assessment competed at the end of the course.
In English Literature a variety of texts are studied depending on ability. The texts are designed to stretch all pupils and are assessed through a Controlled Assessment completed during lesson time and an external examination.
These courses will continue to the summer of 2016.
Extra-curricular activities in English
The English department is a young and vibrant department. Opportunities exist to; attend Homework Club to catch up on work, Successmaker support with coursework and examination technique and creative writing classes. In addition, the Seniores (Public Speakers) is popular with distinguished speakers visiting the school and there are a wide range of trips to local theatres and other educational visits.
Where English can take you?
A core subject in the National Curriculum, English is the key that unlocks many careers. Careers that may interest you if you particularly enjoy English include; journalism, publishing, teaching English, legal work, public relations, advertising, and translating and interpreting work.
A career in acting is very popular for English graduates. The following actors/ actresses have a degree in English; Reese Witherspoon, Simon Pegg, Wentworth Miller, Hugh Grant, Rosamund Pike and Rachel Weisz.