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Department Aims
One aim of the English Department is to encourage students to enjoy English, whether they are completing a reading, writing, or speaking and listening task. Another aim is to ensure students are able to use language in order to articulate their ideas in a fluent and appropriate manner. The English department aims to provide students with the ability to achieve success in this subject at KS3, GCSE and A- Level
Department Ethos
"Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" - William Butler Yeats
Department Staff
- Ms J Swift (Head of Department)
- Ms. D. Stuart (2nd in Department)
- Mrs. J. Scott-Goodfellow(3rd in Department)
- Mrs. C. Griffiths
- Ms. J. Campbell
- Mrs. C. Harding
- Mrs D Rouillon
Key Stage 3 Information
In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), the English department ensures that students learn skills that will support their future GCSEs and result in valuable life skills. Improving our students literacy is a key goal in this key stage. Students are assessed through reading, writing and speaking and listening assessments. Students are put in to sets at the end of year 7.
Key Stage 4 Information
In Year 9, students are provided with the opportunity to have a run through of the skills and tasks they will encounter for GCSE. Their work will be marked in GCSE grades.

In years 10 and 11, the English Department offers students the chance to study for two separate GCSE courses: English (Cambridge IGCSE) and English Literature (AQA Specification A). The two courses are taught simultaneously and teachers will decide upon tiers of entry and early entry during the course. Students are taught in sets for the GCSE courses.

Teachers plan their own overview of the course for their classes, but all students will complete the same topics and prepare for the same exams. For more information on your child’s individual course, please contact his or her English teacher.
Key Stage 5 Information
We follow the AQA English Literature A course, for AS and A Level.

At AS, students study a course in World War One Literature. As well as the novel, poetry and play studied on the course, it is vital that students engage in wider reading. Suggested texts will be given by the teacher.

Unit 1: 2 hour written exam sat in January and June. Questions are on an unseen extract and poetry comparison. This is worth 30% of the A- level

Unit 2: 2 coursework tasks, 2500 words in total, based on a novel and plays. Worth 20% of A- Level.

At A2, students study love through the ages. Key texts will be studied in class, but again it is vital that students engage in wider reading.

Unit 3: 2 hour 30 minute exam based on unseen extracts and wider reading. Worth 30% of A- level.

Unit 4: 3000 word coursework essay, Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study. Worth 20% of A- Level course.
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