The department is staffed by a team of nine dedicated English specialists whose expertise covers a wide range of curriculum areas and teaching styles. We have high expectations of our pupils and attitudes to learning in English are excellent. At the heart of our work is fostering pupils’ expertise in the English language, to enable them to represent themselves and communicate effectively in the wider world. We seek to engender a love or reading and an appreciation of notable works of literature in our pupils. Our broad curriculum is designed to challenge and inspire pupils of all abilities and provides a wide range of opportunities for independent learning and successful group collaboration. As a result, pupils make excellent progress at both GCSE and Key Stage 3.
Currently, at Key Stage 3, our curriculum reflects GCSE skills and assessment occurs across a range of Progress Ojectives for reading and writing each half term. As a transition to Key Stage 4, some of the GCSE English Literature texts are introduced in the summer term of year 9. Please see the PDF document below for a more detailed course structure.
At Key Stage 4, we follow the AQA GCSE specification for English Language and English Literature. Pupils are grouped by ability from year 7-11.
There are a variety of extra-curricular opportunities on offer to pupils. These include creative writing club, film club, book club and GCSE revision support. We also offer pupil leadership opportunities and have a large number of literacy leaders who help to promote whole school literacy initiatives such as ‘word of the week ‘and ‘recommended reads’. Theatre trips are popular and well attended and we regularly bring theatre groups into school to enhance pupils’ experience of a range of works of literature.
The department is based in a suite of rooms centred around the school Learning Zone and enjoy good access to ICT facilities.
Mrs S Whittaker - Director of Learning for English and Communications / Assistant Headteacher
Mrs C Thomas- Assistant Director of Learning and English Pupil Premium Co-ordinator
Mrs D Bloom - Subject Leader for Drama
Mrs C West - English Taecher and i/c Media Studies
Mrs N McCabe - English Teacher
Miss S Prescott - English Teacher / Literacy Co-Ordinator
Miss J Wasilew - English Teacher
Miss J Avery - English Teacher
Miss V Bold - English Teacher
Mrs H Tees - English Teacher
Mrs C Thomas - English Teacher and English Pupil Premium Co-ordinator