The Art of Communication

The English department stimulates creativity and challenges students to develop more sophisticated ways of communicating and expressing themselves.  Through the study of fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction from across a wide range of sources, students develop reading, writing and communication skills.

All lessons are delivered by subject specialists. The teachers’ love of their subject is infectious and creates students who, regardless of ability, enjoy the variety in lessons and continue to improve. English is one of the most popular subjects according to the students themselves, and this positive attitude translates into great results as one of the highest performing departments.

Our Approach

Teacher expectations are high and lessons are pitched at a challenging level, then adjusted to match to students’ needs and abilities.  Students are encouraged to participate through use of group work, peer assessment, ICT, individual learning, and guided work.

The Department creates extension opportunities for Gifted & Talented students and a wide range of activities for students to experience living language and literature through visits to theatres, poetry readings, public speaking competitions, National Book Week and participation in BBC School Report projects  among others.

Year 7 and Year 8

In Years 7 and 8 English students  study  novels, authors,  short stories, poetry and plays and non-fiction texts including Shakespeare and other pre 20th century writers from the English Literary Heritage . Students are taught to write in a range of styles for different audiences and purposes.  They are encouraged to become confident and articulate speakers and good listeners.

Key Stage 4

All students study English Literature and English Language, and students are normally entered for both GCSE English and GCSE English Literature.  Attainment is high at both GCSE’s and students are set challenging targets and work across yr9 – 11 to prepare them for successful GCSE entry.

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