The English department has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. We pride ourselves on our outstanding teaching and excellent relationships with the students in our care. The team consists of seven full time specialist staff. We teach in our own dedicated classrooms each with an interactive whiteboard and have a team room for department inset.
In the main school, all teaching groups are set according to ability, and taught to a high standard across the board. Students are keen to adopt our positive and aspirational attitude, which ensures that all students achieve their best.
We have a number of intervention strategies in place including close liaison with other subjects for activities such as key stage four retreats and focus groups. At key stage three our schemes of work are continually updated in line with the National Literacy Strategy and as a result of analysis. We utilise a variety of texts and our interactive whiteboards are used to their full potential to ensure both language and literature are accessible to all students. Currently at year nine, there is a key focus on GCSE exam skills ensuring that our students are fully prepared for the challenging years ahead.
We follow AQA Specification A at GCSE and our choice of texts is broad, maximizing student interest and staff expertise. At A Level we follow the OCR Literature course, and frequently update coursework text choices to reflect student interests. This year our English Literature course has shown a significant increase in numbers, demonstrating the increased passion of our students and success of our department.
Extra-curricular activities play a significant role in the English department; visits to the theatre supplement class work on set texts and the annual Poetry Live! trip ensures greater understanding of the GCSE Anthology. We also run several clubs at key stage four and five to support students including, writing master classes and poetry competitions open to all age ranges
About the Curriculum
The attainment targets in English set out the knowledge, skills and understanding that students of different abilities and maturities are expected to have by the end of each key stage. Attainment targets consist of eight level descriptions of increasing difficulty, plus a description of exceptional performance above level 8. Each level description describes the type and range of performance that students working at that level should characteristically demonstrate.