Our English curriculum enables pupils to understand the significance and influence of context when they are reading and writing texts. This empowers pupils with the skills to independently interpret the world around them and to articulate their own views effectively. Through modelling intellectual curiosity and through having high expectations for all, English is a place where pupils strive for excellence.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 emphasis is placed on teaching writing and grammatical skills through reading, often high quality and challenging texts. Pupils receive four hours of English in Years 7 and 8 and three hours in Year 9. Pupils are taught in set groups with an average class size of 26.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, the department currently follows the AQA syllabus for English Language and English Literature. All pupils follow this pathway. Assessment is through closed book examination only and therefore pupils are prepared for this throughout the year through a series of mini-mock assessments. Pupils receive four hours of English teaching per week.
The department run a highly successful ‘debating group’ for all years.
The department is committed to a broad approach to the subject. There are many enrichment opportunities built into the curriculum for all pupils to access. The department regularly visits the theatre and cinema, run reading challenges and participates in a wide range of World Book Day opportunities. We invite local poets into school and also encourage Year 10 pupils to become ‘Literacy Mentors’ in order to support the literacy skills of younger pupils.