The aims of the English courses are:
- To help each student develop and formulate his or her own ideas, through varied and skilful forms of expression: speaking, reading and writing.
- To give each student an enjoyment and understanding of modern and older texts, including fiction. Non-fiction, poetry, media and drama texts.
- To encourage the development of social, moral, cultural and spiritual values through the study of texts and discussion of themes.
- To encourage students to appreciate the writer’s craft and develop these techniques in their own writing.
At KS3 schemes of work and assessment follow National Curriculum guidelines and the National Literacy Framework. At KS4 pupils in Year 11 follow the AQA syllabus and pupils in Year 10 follow the WJEC syllabus.
Texts are at the heart of our scheme of work because they record and communicate what people have learnt from experience and how they make sense of their lives in different periods and societies. In all schemes of work there is a strong emphasis on communication skills, both formal and informal. Pupils will write convincingly for different purposes and audiences and enter fully into the imaginative world of texts. Analysing texts enables young people to recognise both honest and misleading representations and persuasion. Pupils also have the opportunity to be a part of the Accelerated Reading Programme that takes place every day.
English is taught in a suite of rooms, one of which contains twenty computers for English priority booking.
The English Team
- Miss J. Rendall – Acting Team Leader
- Miss E. Higgs – Acting Team Leader
- Mrs M. King – Whole School Literacy Co-ordinator
- Mrs G. Roper – KS3 and KS4 Teacher
- Mrs J. Yaxley – KS3 and KS4 Teacher
- Mr J. Read – KS3 and KS4 Teacher