The English department has a proven record of achieving good results in English Language and Literature. KS3 provides a solid grounding, preparing pupils for their work at G.C.S.E.
At A.S. and A2 English Literature is very popular with students who have achieved a hundred percent pass rate for the last twelve years.
We have lots of extra- curricular activities: The Spelling Bee, trips to the theatre and Creative Writing club.
Key Stage 3
In years 7-9, pupils receive four 60-minute lessons a week.
Pupils follow the National Curriculum in English and participate in lessons which build on the work done in KS2. Pupils are assessed regularly across each year in preparation for their end of year assessment. We are launching a new curriculum that mirrors all the modules studied at KS4, including Shakespeare and Language study.
Key Stage 4
In year 10 and year 11 pupils receive four 60-minute lessons a week and follow the AQA syllabus for both Literature (year 10) and Language (year 11).
Key Stage 5
In Sixth Form, students receive five 60-minute lessons per week. The English Literature A Level course of study develops the skills of analysis, understanding, insight and critical thinking. It involves using a single main text and comparing it with others within the same time frame, or of texts over time based on the same theme.
Students follow AQA English Literature Specification A. The programme of study is:
Love Through the Ages: Shakespeare’s Othello, Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and AQA’s Anthology of Love Poetry Through the Ages
Texts in Shared Contexts: World War One and its Aftermath: Barker’s Regeneration, Haig’s My Boy Jack and Gardner’s Up the Line to Death.
Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time: The study of two texts (one of which will have been written pre-1900) based on student choice, on an area of study chosen by the student in conjunction with the teacher.