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English

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:

  • Author
  • Journalist
  • Editor

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.

Accelerated Reader 

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor students' independent reading practice.  The student will choose a book at their level and read it at their pace and then take a quiz on that specific book.  The results of this quiz will help determine whether the student has understood the text.  The program will give feedback to both student and teacher and is useful to set targets and gauge progress.

At Onslow St Audrey’s Accelerated Reader has made a huge impact on students’ reading ability. Since using the program the percentage of KS3 students reading at or above the level they should be for their age has more than doubled to 70% (figures for July 2017).


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.


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.

Students will sit two GCSEs with AQA: English Language and English Literature.

We teach an exciting GCSE syllabus, using traditional and modern texts to inspire, challenge and motivate all students.


School Resources

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.

Additional Resource Websites

• OSA English Faculty website
• BBC Skillswise English website
• BBC Bitesize English resources