English

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Letters for parents – start of year

Year 7 Letter – Spring Term
Year 8 Letter – Spring Term
Year 9 Letter – Spring Term
Year 10 Letter – Spring Term
Year 11 Letter – Spring Term

KS3

At KS3 pupils study a range of poetry, prose and drama texts as well as non-fiction texts. We aim to give our pupils a firm foundation in the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The curriculum has been carefully constructed to embed the analytical and creative skills pupils will need throughout their school career. Pupils will be taught both contemporary and classic texts from the Literary Heritage. Our aim is to offer pupils a holistic approach to their English experience by exploring the historical, cultural and social contexts of the texts studied..

Setting

  • Years 8 and 9 pupils are set according to ability.

Assessment

  • Pupils will have their work formally assessed at regular half termly intervals. Parents will receive reports for both English Language and Literature at three points throughout the year. Reports issued to students will be unlevelled; the reports will indicate if the pupils is working below, at or above expected progress for their age group. The reports will focus on the areas the pupil needs to work on to make improvements.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

Please click here in order to see details of the English curriculum in years 7 and 8.

KS4

At KS4, pupils will study for two AQA English GCSE qualifications: English Language and English Literature. They will build upon the foundations laid at KS3.

The English Language GCSE will involve studying a range of literary fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. The qualification is 100% examination based and will consist of two exams.

The English Literature GCSE will involve studying a range of Literary Heritage texts, including poetry, prose and drama. The qualification is 100% examination based and will consist of two exams.

All students will sit their English Language and English Literature exam at the end of Year 11. We expect our students to make at least three levels of progress from KS2 to KS4.

Setting

  • Years 9, 10 and 11 pupils are set according to ability.

Assessment

  • Pupils will have their work formally assessed at regular half termly intervals. Parents will receive reports for both English Language and Literature at three points throughout the year. Reports issued to students will be levelled according to the GCSE grading system, in which pupils are levelled from 1 to 9. The reports will focus on the areas the pupil needs to work on to make improvements.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

Please click here in order to see details of the English curriculum in Years 9,10 and 11.

KS5

Students have the opportunity to study ‘A’ level English Language and Literature Combined OR English Literature. We study the OCR syllabus for both examinations. A Level qualification are now a two year qualification and pupils are encouraged to view it as such. Pupils will have opportunities to sit mock exams in Year 12 and in Year 13. Students are advised to read widely around the topics as social, cultural and historical contexts are examined in conjunction with the fiction and non-fictions texts studied.

Department Staff

Miss C. Kureczko Director of English

Miss L. Kelly Deputy Director for English

Mrs M. Peden Assistant Director for English

Mr. D. Thornhill English Teacher, Head of Kolbe and Literacy Coordinator

Miss A. Slater English Teacher

Mrs O. Wallace English Teacher

Mr J. Jenkinson English Teacher

Mrs Z. Marriot English Teacher

Mrs E. McGuinness English Teacher

Mrs J. Schiavone English Teacher

Mr T. Clayton English Teacher

Miss R. Cardona English Teacher

Mrs N. Campbell Accelerate Teacher

Mrs L. Tingle Accelerate Teacher