All students study English until the end of Year 11. Our schemes of work follow the National Curriculum and focus on preparing the students for the new style GCSEs. English is also a very popular option in the Sixth Form.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
Students study in form groups and are taught three lessons a week. Our schemes of work follow the National Curriculum orders for Key Stage 3 including reading and responding to fictional and non-fiction texts, writing for a range of purposes, and speaking and listening in formal and informal situations. Students' learning is enriched by drama workshops, competitions and theatre visits.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
All of our students are entered for GCSEs in both English and English Literature. We follow the AQA syllabus, which is a linear course with all examinations taken at the end of the course. Students are taught in mixed groups for three lessons in Year 10 and four lessons in Year 11 each week. As in Key Stage 3, the students’ experience of English is enhanced by visits to the theatre.
Students throughout the school have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities related to English. Among these are creative writing competitions, debating societies and public speaking.