P Mattu – Deputy Head of English
C Dawkins – English Teacher
J Clews – English Teacher
K Nolan – English Teacher
K Rowles – English Teacher
R Bangar – English Teacher
R Ullah – English Teacher
S Egan – English Teacher
Students are taught in sets organised by ability, whereby they are taught a wide range of skills that cover language and literature. From year 7 through to year 9, the English faculty promote the learning of key novels, play scripts and poems, as well as exploring a range of modem and historic extracts and writing styles.We take pride in the wealth of knowledge and exposure pupils have to influential texts. Key Stage 3 cover a wide range of topics and novels including the likes of, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Gothic Horror, Macbeth, War Poetry, 19th Century texts and Romeo and Juliet, just to name a few.
The teaching in the classroom is vibrant, engaging and inspiring; we aim to make students independent learners, as well as team players who contribute to the common goals of the topic or lesson. The learning is encouraged to be creative and innovative to allow pupils to grow and develop within English. There is a huge emphasis on the importance of literacy within the curriculum and therefore as the central hub for promoting literacy, we aim to push pupils to communicate effectively and articulately to maximise progress. Students in KS3 believe the English Faculty to be:
Engaging – “My favourite lesson – we are always learning about exciting topics”
Dependable –“My teacher is always ready to help me whenever I need support in my work”
Motivational – “I always know what my goal and target is – you can always be better than your best”
GCSE Language helps students to sophisticate and refine their existing skill-set. The GCSE encourages pupils to be critical, analytical and evaluative thinkers who can interpret texts and provide insightful perspectives on these and how they link to our modern world. Pupils are also encouraged to be creative writers and will produce texts that describe, inform, persuade as well as argue and advise. We aim to ignite story tellers, journalists and debaters within our KS4 students to keep them inspired and engaged through their challenging yet rewarding GCSE period.
GCSE Language breakdown
• Language Paper 1 – (50% of Language grade) – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
• Language Paper 2 – (50% of Language grade) – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
• Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language
A wealth of literature is introduced to GCSE groups whereby we explore the works of Mary Shelley in Frankenstein, J.B Priestley in An Inspectors Calls, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in addition to a cluster of Power and Conflict poems, from a range of influential British poets.
GCSE Literature is socially enriching and exposes pupils to a broad scope of content that encourages British culture and values.
GCSE Literature breakdown
• Literature Paper 1 – (40% of Literature grade) – Shakespeare and the19th-century novel
• Language Paper 2 – (60% of Literature grade) – Modern texts and poetry