English is the study, use and enjoyment of the English language and its literature through oral, visual, and textual forms. English develops skills in communication which are essential in today’s world. English progress has been significantly above the national average for the last three years.
Career opportunities from studying English:
Key Stage 3 (Yr. 7, 8 & 9)
English at Key Stage 3 develops students’ writing skills, application of stylistic conventions and understanding of audience and purpose. Students are also given the confidence and opportunity to explore performance and media-based responses, preparing them for the demands of the GCSE.
In Year 7 students explore various genres and text types. They are encouraged to consider the effect of the writers’ choices and create their own writing within the genre. Students are equipped with the skills and confidence necessary to read aloud with expression and fluency. Their core spelling, punctuation and grammar skills are developed in preparation for the new focus on key skills at GCSE.
In Year 8 students gain confidence in analysing writers’ choices and begin to explore challenging text types and ideas. Texts are analysed in formal essays and evaluated through performances and media-based creations.
In Year 9 students are prepared to deal with the demands of the GCSE by teaching them to think critically when analysing texts and giving students freedom to use their imagination when creating a response. Specific GCSE skills are developed in preparation for the challenges of Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4 (Yr. 10 & 11)
Students develop skills in analysing language and writing for imaginative and practical tasks. Students explore the ways in which language is used by writers, and the effect it can have on different audiences. A range of texts are studied, familiar and new literary texts as well as a selection of paper-based and digital non-fiction texts.
Students will also develop skills in reading and responding to prose, poetry and drama texts. A range of texts are studied to engage and interest the students. They explore how texts from different traditions and historical eras may reflect or influence values, assumptions and sense of identity, exploring different cultures and viewpoints.
All students will sit an English GCSE. With the new focus on the key skills (spelling, communication and grammar) across all subjects, it is essential that students develop their English communication skills as extensively as possible.
The Faculty is well resourced with a wide choice of novels, poetry anthologies, and media/digital texts. We have access to cameras, and also have a designated English IT suite for easy access to media texts, creative responses and guided research. The English faculty website (see the link below) provides numerous resources ranging from key skills to extension tasks.