Head of Department: Miss K. Cox
Mrs A Worley
Mrs P Barber
Miss M Elliott
Mr G Leitheiser
In English, we support students to develop a passion for Language and Literature through the study of texts which differ in genres, eras, themes and levels of complexity.
We develop students’ reading for pleasure, creativity, articulacy and self-expression.
We develop functional literacy skills for life.
We empower students with cultural awareness and experience.
English is at the core of all learning and students will transfer these skills across the curriculum.
The English curriculum has been carefully mapped to ensure that students are appropriately challenged at all levels. Students are offered opportunities to engage in a variety of sophisticated topics, thought-provoking texts and developmental skills which are stimulating for students’ age and ability.
Across the different Key Stages, students build on prior learning and knowledge as new concepts are introduced and they develop heightened skills required for GCSEs in both Language and Literature. Throughout their learning journey, Literacy and communicative skills are prioritised, along with the development of cultural and social understanding so that students are fully prepared for all aspects of their life-long learning journey.
In Year 7, students study topics such as:
Positivity and Growth in short stories; Injustice and Fear in longer fiction (narrative reading and writing); Current Issues in non-fiction reading and writing and Relationships in Shakespearean and modern play-scripts/ transcripts. Such topics include the following texts: ‘Woman in Black’, ‘Rebecca’, ‘Dracula’, ‘Frankenstein’, ‘The Red Room’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Tempest’.
In Year 8, students study topics such as:
Innocence and Adventure through fictional narrative reading and writing; Conflict in Literature; Conflict in ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Conflict’ Poetry and finally, Culture and diversity through World Literature and the news. Such topics include the following texts: ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Of Mice and Men’ as well as modern and literary heritage poetry on the theme of conflict.
In Year 9, students study topics such as:
Victorian Virtues through ‘A Christmas Carol’ and non-fiction fiction/ literary non-fiction texts about the Victorian era. Romantic relationships are studied through ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Love Poetry and, finally, Edwardian/ WW views and perspectives are explored through ‘Animal Farm’ and non-fiction writing to present a viewpoint. Such topics include the following texts: ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Animal Farm’, as well as modern and literary heritage poetry on the theme of relationships.
In Years 10 and 11, students study and revise the following:
Modern British drama- 'An Inspector Calls'; the AQA anthology and unseen poetry; the pre-1914 British novella, 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' and 'Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing' and 'Writer's Viewpoints and Perspectives' as their study into English Language.
Across both key stages, students explore social, moral, cultural and historical aspects of the subject and develop the essential key skills that will enable them to become exploratory independent learners. We are committed to ensuring that students can access all areas of the curriculum successfully and, therefore, experience an enhanced love of learning.
In the last three years, between 82- 84%% of students achieved a grade 4+. 65- 67% achieved a 5+ and nearly 20% of students achieved the highest grades of a 7 or above.