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English

We aim to inspire all students to be successful; to flourish in a safe and secure learning environment; become confident and creative users of the English Language and enthusiastic appreciators of English Literature.

The English Faculty builds on the skills students have learnt at KS2 by meeting their changing literacy needs through a curriculum that is diverse, relevant and challenging, using ICT, and linking with other subject areas to support their studies across the school.

Students should leave KS3 and progress to KS4 as competent users of a range of different writing styles, and with a broad knowledge of various authors and genres of writing. These skills will provide a strong base to promote success at GCSE.

Key Stage 3

At KS3, students work through a variety of topics each year aimed at improving and developing their keys skills and love of English. They are assessed through a range of methods, including : ongoing formative assessment; summative assessment; peer and self assessment.  This is to ensure that students are able to show progress in a range of different ways. 

The topics students will study include:

• Poetry - pre and post 1914 and poetry from other cultures
• Fiction
• Drama
• Creative writing
• Shakespeare
• Media - printed and moving image

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 is divided into two courses, involving the study of Language and Literature. Students will receive two separate GCSE grades. English Language allows students to explore and develop their reading and writing skills. There is also a significant focus on the development of spelling, punctuation and grammar. English Literature fosters our students’ love of reading and encourages independent enquiry and study. There is a focus on building analytical skills that support students across the curriculum and provide an excellent basis for development in further and higher education.  

English Language

The ‘I’ in IGCSE stands for ‘International’.  This is an indication that this qualification is recognised across the world.  It is also accepted by all colleges, sixth forms and universities as an equivalent to GCSE.  For more information on IGCSE please visit www.cie.org.uk or contact the English Faculty at school.  

The topics students will study include:

  • Understanding and Producing Non-fiction Texts

  • Understanding Written Texts and Writing Creatively

  • Speaking with Confidence

Skills students will develop include:

  • Speaking and Listening

  • Writing for different purposes

Assessment for English Language:

Year 11 Only - Cambridge Examination Board 0522

IGCSE English Language allows students to demonstrate their ability to use English in real life contexts and uses an investigative and analytical approach to language topics drawing on personal experience.

The English Language exam consists of one exam worth 40% of the overall grade, primarily testing reading skills.  There are two possible tiers of entry: Core (C-G grades) and Extended (C-A* grades).  Students will also complete three coursework assignments worth 40% and an oral presentation worth 20% of the overall grade.  

2017 Onwards

Students are following the Edexcel specification for the 9-1 curriculum.  50% of the course assesses students’ reading skills.  They will be expected to demonstrate their analytical, interpretive and evaluative skills through reading Non-fiction texts and Nineteenth Century fiction.  Therefore, the other 50% of the course assesses students’ writing skills.  They will be expected to display their ability to write imaginatively and to be able to use a range of transactional writing styles.  An important aspect of this is the students’ use of correct spelling, punctuation and grammar; this is worth 20% of the marks available for writing.  This course will be assessed across two examinations, these are two hours in length and are worth 100% of the GCSE grade.  

In addition to the 9-1 grade students will receive for English Language, they will be expected to complete a Speaking and Listening presentation.  They will be expected to speak confidently in Standard English; express ideas clearly using sophisticated vocabulary; and respond to questions effectively.  This presentation will be video recorded for the examination board and awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.  The accolade will be recorded on their GCSE certificate and is an important and valuable aspect of the course.          

English Literature


All students studying English Language will also follow a course in English Literature.  This course fosters our students’ love of literature and encourages independent enquiry and study.  There is a focus on building analytical skills that support students across the curriculum and provide an excellent basis for development in further and higher education.

Assessment for English Literature: 

Year 11 Only

We provide two different English Literature GCSE courses.  Both require students to explore texts from a personal perspective and offers an experience of:

  • Literature today – modern fiction and poetry

  • Literature globally – texts from other cultures

  • The Literary Heritage – including Shakespeare and pre and post 1914 poetry


Students studying AQA 8710 have one exam worth 60% of the course and this examines their knowledge of a play and an unseen poem.  This course also includes the opportunity for students to complete a coursework essay worth 40%

Students studying EDEXCEL KETO have two exams and no coursework element.

2017 Onwards


Students are following the Edexcel specification for the 9-1 curriculum.  Students will be studying: Shakespeare; a Nineteenth Century British novel; Post-1914 Literature and a range of poetry since 1789.  Students are expected to develop their analytical, evaluative and comparative skills across the course.  These skills will be examined through two examinations: one lasting two hours and another two hours and fifteen minutes.  Students will not have access to the texts for these examinations, therefore it is vital that they purchase their own copies of the novel, Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature for revision purposes.  An anthology of poetry will be provided by the examination board for study in class and for revision.     



Staff List

Head of Faculty

Mrs L. McGee

Deputy Head of Faculty

Mrs A. Elder


Head of Film Studies and Teacher of English responsible for MAble students

 Mr M. Carter

KS4 Careers Co-ordinator and Teacher of English responsible for Student Communication
 
Mrs K. Moore

Library Co-ordinator and Teacher of English

 Mrs L. Campbell

Jack Petchey Co-ordinator and Teacher of English
 
Miss E. O'Mahoney

Literacy Co-ordinator and Teacher of English responsible for Student Interventions

Mr M. McCrory

Deputy Head Teacher and Teacher of English    

Mr F. Gilgan






  
  
  

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