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.
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 AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature.
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, 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.