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English (incorporating Media)

English is very popular at all levels throughout the school and our English Curriculum Area is staffed by an outstanding team of experienced, dynamic and forward thinking English teachers.  The department has been very active in providing a wealth of additional activities to help students achieve their potential in their GCSE examinations, organising revision days, after school sessions and a very popular breakfast revision club, where hard work and bacon butties are on the menu.  These initiatives have resulted in outstanding results, with 83% of students gaining a grade 9-4 pass rate in their GCSEs in 2017. 

Our English Curriculum Area also incorporates Media.  Students can make use of our purpose-built media suite with its own editing studio and industry-standard facilities. 

The English Curriculum area organises a variety of extra-curricular and enrichment activities, including an established Reading Week, Creative Writing Club and Debating Club.  They also regularly take students on theatre visits to support their studies and have introduced a Reading Passport. 

Key Stage 3 overview

Year 7

In Year 7 students study a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts from a range of genres, including Sherlock Holmes and novels concerning different cultures. Literature includes prose, poetry and drama from both the Pre and Post Twentieth Century. Media, literacy and speaking and listening skills are also developed. All Year 7 students have one lesson of English ICT a fortnight where they can utilise the computers to begin to understand a range of multi-modal communication.

Year 8

In Year 8 students work to improve their reading and writing skills. They study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and develop spelling, vocabulary and written accuracy in units such as Spy Fiction. Current literature texts studied include prose, poetry and drama from a range of time periods. Media and speaking and listening skills are also development. All Year 8 students have one lesson of English ICT a fortnight where they can utilise the computers to develop their understanding of a range of multi-modal communication.

Year 9

In Year 9 students focus on developing the maturity and accuracy of their writing, and speaking and listening skills. Studying a range of challenging texts from different time periods and cultures, such as 'Of Mice and Men' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird', encourages them to become critical readers. All students prepare for a mock GCSE exam in June to ease the transition to GCSE and give a baseline of GCSE performance.

 

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  • “In the vast majority of curriculum areas teachers are subject specialists and this benefits teaching and learning.” Ofsted Dec 2014