The English Department is run by an enthusiastic team of staff who are drawn from many different backgrounds and with a wide range of experiences. They all contribute in their own unique way to the teaching and learning process and the success of this subject area is reflected in evaluations, both formal and informal.
Staff aim to foster a love an appreciation of the English language and literature in all learners whilst providing them with the opportunity to become confident and competent with the written and spoken formats of English.
A good grasp of English is beneficial to all students, particularly to those hoping to pursue careers in journalism, writing, the media and business.
Key Stage 3
Students in years 7 and 8 follow a varied scheme of work, with lessons and activities differentiated according to ability and interest.
Key Stage 4 English Language
Students will develop their skills in the speaking, listening, writing and reading of the English language. Assessment is via speaking and listening tasks, coursework (40%) and two written exams (60%). Learners begin their KS4 studies in English in year 9 to allow them to refine and hone their English skills, leading to the best possible outcomes.
Key Stage 4 English Literature
This course complements English Language and students will study a range of texts, looking at poetry and a Shakespeare play. Assessment is made via class assignments and two written exam papers worth a total of 75% of the final grade. Learners begin their KS4 studies in year 9 to allow them to refine and hone their English skills, leading to their best possible outcomes.
Key Stage 5 English Language
In their first year students will learn how to categorise texts using power, gender and technological contexts and create their own texts for different audiences. In the second year of their studies students will examine language acquisition in childhood and complete a language investigation. Assessment is via coursework and exams.
Key Stage 5 English Literature
Over two years students learn to appreciate texts in richness and depth and at the same time will enhance their own practical skills in reading, writing, listening, presenting and persuading. Areas of study include aspects of narrative and dramatic genres. Assessment is via coursework and exams.
LIST OF SUBJECTSART
COMPUTING & ICT
MEDIA & FILM STUDIES
PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS
RELATIONSHIPS / SEX EDUCATION
The headteacher provides strong leadership to the school. Newly appointed senior leaders have strengthened the school's capacity to improve outcomes for all pupils.
The leadership of teaching is good. The quality of teaching is improving quickly; professional development is a strong feature of the school.
Progress in modern foreign languages is outstanding.
Teachers build strong relationships with pupils to aid learning.
Learners in the sixth form achieve well and the provision is very well led and managed.
The school promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.
Pupils have an excellent understanding of British values and the nature of life in modern Britain.
The school provides good care and support to pupils. It works effectively with other services to keep vulnerable pupils safe.
Pupils receive high-quality careers guidance and advice.