The pen is mightier than the sword...”
We believe that the study of English and literature is essential, not only to helping individuals make sense of who they are, but also in learning how to communicate successfully with the world. Culturally we think that the study of literature fosters tolerance and understanding and is a vital part of a balanced education.
What students gain:
At Key Stage 3, the English Department offers an exciting, challenging and varied curriculum. Students have the opportunity to study a range of texts and text types, including poetry, novels and non-fiction. They will develop and expand their speech and speech patterns, as well as developing listening skills.
Pupils at Key Stage 3 have the opportunity to prepare for future exams by completing work that complements not only the GCSE course, but also others at different stages in their educational development, such as Media Studies and Film Studies.
All learners are encouraged to take the skills they develop in English and use them in the wider school and community.
Our newly established Film Club and the many competitions we enter throughout the year mean the students have a chance to test themselves, outside the classroom, against other year groups and schools.
The Department is fully equipped with a range of resources that complement pupils’ development, including: digital cameras, visualisers, HD video cameras and computer hardware and software. Very well stocked classrooms offer a wide range of textual experiences that allow them to immerse themselves in different worlds and eras, while at the same time drawing parallels and understanding with the world around them.
At the end of KS3, pupils are assessed to identify the pathway that will best challenge and develop their skills. They will study a combination of English, English Literature and Media Studies, with each subject staffed by skilled specialists determined to ensure that everyone achieves their full potential.
Our enthusiastic, determined KS5 teachers have the enthusiasm and ability to teach English Language, English Literature, Media Studies and Film Studies. Sixth Form students are taught as young adults and encouraged to become independent learners who can use all resources at their disposal to succeed.
Inter-personal and communication skills are developed through pair work, group work and in whole class activities. We reinforce social skills and life skills through role plays and simulations. We encourage students to use reference sources, books and IT to enhance and extend their linguistic capabilities.
“In Years 7 to 9, achievement is good in English.”
“Students are very well motivated by very good teaching and so they achieve well.”
|Mr Campbell||Curriculum Leader|
|Miss Alcorn||Deputy Curriculum Leader|
|Ms Hale||Deputy Curriculum Leader|
|Mrs Gant||Assistant Curriculum Leader|
|Mr Goodyear||Assistant Curriculum Leader|
|Mr Gates||GTP Teacher|
|Mr Haveron||Assistant Head Teacher/English Teacher|
|Miss O'Connor||Curriculum Assistant|