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.
In the main school groups are 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 4 retreats and focus groups. At key stage 3 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 9, 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 at GCSE and our choice of texts is broad, maximizing student interest and staff expertise. At A Level we follow the Edexcel 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. 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 for this subject

Year 7 Reading for Pleasure - We would like to encourage all students to read more. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

You can view our suggested reading list here.

Course specifications can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

GCSE specification - literature

GCSE specification - language

A Level specification

A Level specification