In the English department we aim to foster a love of English literature and language whilst encouraging students to have high standards and rigour in all that they do. We teach students to read methodically and write a wide variety of texts which prepare them for operating in the wider world. We believe that the accuracy of student’s writing is very important and we have a systematic written accuracy campaign, which focuses on correcting common errors and instilling accurate spelling.
Students are prepared for the WJEC/EDUQAS GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature which are taken at the end of year 11. In the 6th Form we offer AQA A Level English Literature B and A Level English Language.
During KS3 students have the ability to widen and explore their understanding of English as a subject beyond KS2. Students get the opportunity to study an eclectic mix of different text types from fictional novels to biographies, always taking into account the individual needs of our students. They will develop their analytical and evaluative skills, as well as their writing skills across the English curriculum. Across KS3 we are about to launch run a reading programme called Accelerated Reader. Students are expected to read a book targeted at their reading level for the first 20 minutes in two of their English lesson. Students take quizzes on these books which allow teachers to monitor student progress even more closely. We have found this programme to be very successful not only in improving student’s ability in English, but it has created a culture and love of reading across the key stage.
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Mrs J McDonald Head of English
GCSE English Language and GCSE Literature 9-1 (exam board WJEC)
Students will study texts from the exam in the first part of the KS, along with some of the poetry from the anthology for the literature exam. Year 11 will follow an exam plan that prepares them for both components of their language exam.
English Language is assessed in the following way:
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: J McDonald Head of English
KS5 Year 12 and 13
AQA A’ Level English Literature Specification B
In English Literature pupils will study a range of texts across the two year A’level course. In Year 12 their work will be based on the study of ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare, ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller and a selection of poetry by John Keats. They will also focus on elements of political writing in the following texts: ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ by William Blake, Margret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini.
Pupils will take their examinations at the end of Year 13 and complete two pieces of written coursework based on their study of the AQA Critical Anthology.
AQA A Level English Language
In Year 12 pupils will study ‘Language and the Individual’ which introduces pupils to language analysis through a variety of different texts whilst analysing meaning and representation. ‘Language Varieties’ focuses on the analysis of language in its wider social and geographical contexts. In Year 13 pupils will learn to develop their skills from Year 12 in a more discursive and evaluative manner and produce two pieces of written non examination assessments.
AQA A Level English Language is assessed in the following way:
AQA A Level English Literature specification B
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact Mrs Gale Head of KS5
Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.