In Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to study a range of texts from a variety of different genres, both fiction and non-fiction. Key Stage 3 English prepares students for the future, preparing them to study for a GCSE or functional skills qualification. It also teaches them core skills such as letter writing, analysing newspapers and writing broadcasts.
At Key Stage 4, the majority of pupils will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21stCenturies in preparation for the AQA English Language GCSE. Alongside the GCSE we also offer functional skills English.
Enrichment activities across the English Department
It is the aim of the English department that all pupils should get the opportunity to take part in as many different English and literacy related activities as possible. These include trips to the theatre – pupils have in the past enjoyed a trip to see ‘Into the Hoods’, ‘The Woman in Black’ and the international award winning Broadway and West end musical ‘Chicago’.
Pupils have taken part in a house competition celebrating Roald Dahl 100 and a Countdown competition. Pupils have written poems for National Poetry Day and have had the opportunity to write short stories for a national competition, which will hopefully see some of them published!
Pupils and staff enjoyed an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed tea party and quizzes for World Book Day.
The English department is led by Gwen Webb and is taught and supported by a range of dedicated staff.