We are passionate about language, literature and media and we aim to share this enthusiasm with our students.
We strive to ensure that all of our students make rapid and sustained progress, developing as skilful communicators who can consciously craft their writing to appeal to different audiences; engage with a wide variety of texts; adapt their spoken language to suit a range of contexts and purposes; and actively seek to evaluate and improve their work.
We encourage all of our students to read widely both for information and pleasure.
We endeavour to guide our students to become self-motivated, independent and collaborative learners who take pride in their work. As a team, we strive to instil into our students the qualities of imagination, creativity and eloquence, in order to prepare them fully for life beyond the classroom. We offer extra-curricular opportunities for students including the School Newspaper and Earlybird Reading.
Key Stage 3
All students in KS3 and KS4 study English as a compulsory core subject. Key Stage 3 in English is aimed at extending students' abilities in the three main language skill areas:
• Speaking and Listening: Students are encouraged to express themselves effectively through a variety of activities.
• Reading: Students develop the ability to read, understand and respond to all types of writing. Reading for pleasure is also actively encouraged.
• Writing: Students learn to communicate effectively in written language, matching style to audience and purpose; using spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately and presenting work clearly.
In Year 9, the curriculum provides opportunities to prepare for the GCSE courses, which the students commence in Year 10. The same three main language skill areas are covered. Modules include writing in different forms and studying Romeo and Juliet. These schemes of work will encourage the students to build up crucial skills for GCSE English and English Literature, such as essay writing and analysis of a range of texts.
At Key Stage 3, we set regular homework that require students to work independently to develop their literacy, reading, writing and research skills.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 we offer GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Media Studies.
The English Language course enables students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly.
In English Literature students study a range of texts, including A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls and Macbeth.
GCSE Media Studies encourages an understanding of how to use key media concepts to analyse media products and the opportunity for hands-on practical work.
At Key Stage 4, we set homework weekly. Homework tasks vary but are designed in order to enable students to consolidate their learning from lessons and to action improvement targets.
Key Stage 5
At KS5 we offer A Levels in English Language and Literature, English Literature and Media Studies.
For English Literature, students study a range of literary texts and develop the ability to respond with insight to the writer’s use of form, structure and language. The course encourages students to develop interest in a range of literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender.
The English Language & Literature course provides a full and coherent integration of literary and linguistic study in each unit. Students will engage with a variety of spoken and written texts.
The A Level Media Studies course involves integrated coverage of media theory and practice and is currently 50% coursework.