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Our English Department are a dedicated, highly skilled and knowledgeable team who aim to ensure that each student leaves school with the skills to communicate effectively. We realise that good English skills are essential in order to access all areas of the curriculum and strive to make sure that no student is left behind in our own subject or any others by developing our teaching and resources to develop excellent reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in all of our students, whatever their level on entry.

The department caters for all abilities with extra resources to stretch the more able and to support those with special educational needs. We work closely with the SEND department to ensure that all students are educated to help them achieve their best in the study of this important subject.

Key Stage 3 English – Years 7 & 8

In Years 7 and 8, students are encouraged to read a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts. They build and develop their reading skills through analysing texts from a number of enjoyable and challenging texts such as Great Expectations, Beowulf and The Tempest. Poetry and fiction texts from other cultures that are read in Years 7and 8 allow students to develop a greater understanding of the wider world.

Students are also encouraged to develop skills in a variety of writing styles and formats as diverse as letters to primary schools and advice leaflets for people stuck in a cyclone area. All of the work undertaken at KS3 is designed to be an enjoyable, engaging and cumulative foundation for the development of the skills necessary for achieving their GCSEs in English Language and English Literature and for the ability to enjoy and utilise language in later life.

Key Stage 4 English – Years 9 to 11

Year 9 students complete a foundation GCSE year. This is a year where students build on the skills they have developed during KS3 to cement a foundation of knowledge and skills on which to begin GCSE study. Each half term, students will follow a structured and objective led project that examines and develops their skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Each project ends with a GCSE level assignment. This year enables students and teachers to identify areas that need to be developed when they begin their GCSE studies in Year 10.

Year 10 will follow the new AQA English Language and English Literature exams. These involve studying pre 20th and 21st century texts including Shakespeare. Poetry is studied from the AQA poetry anthology for Year 10. There is a 100% exam at the end of both courses.

Year 10 and 11 students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus in English Language and English Literature. Students will study a range of literature including poetry, plays and novels both from pre and post 1914 as well as from other cultures.

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