All students study English and English Literature at both Key Stages.
Throughout Key Stage three, students study a wide variety of literature genres from contemporary works to Literary Heritage texts. We aim to foster writing skills by developing student’s understanding of the language features of all genres and giving them opportunities to practice writing for different texts and audiences.
At Key Stage Four, students are given wider reading lists and are expected to read a minimum of three books, some classic and some modern as well as a wide variety of poetry. We also encourage students to develop public speaking skills both in lessons and through externally run workshops and competitions.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)
Students are taught in sets according to their ability and achievement in English.
Every year, all groups study at least one prose text, drama text and poetry collection. They study modern texts and some pre 1914 texts; in particular, Shakespeare. Students also study various forms of non-fiction.
Students complete English examinations twice a year and are assessed on both their knowledge of the texts they have studied and the reading and writing skills they have developed. For example, Year Nine pupils are examined on Romeo and Juliet, Romantic Poetry and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Throughout Key Stage 3 students are given opportunities to improve their skills in writing descriptive, informative, explanatory, discursive, persuasive, instructive texts in preparation for GCSE.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)
Students in Key Stage 4 are taught in sets according to their ability and achievement in English. Those students who need the most support in English are taught in the smallest classes.
We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus which, from September 2015, no longer includes tiers meaning all students complete the same examination regardless of their ability. The new specification for English Language means that the entire GCSE is assessed at the end of Year 11 through two separate English Language Exams. The first of these focusses on the students understanding of non-fiction texts and the second on extracts from fiction. Both exams also include a writing section and marks are awarded for the accuracy of written work.
All students are entered for English Literature as well as English Language. Depending on the set a student is in they will study a variety of fiction texts such as Frankenstein, a collection of Romantic Poetry and at least one complete Shakespeare play. Again, English Literature is assessed through two separate examinations at the end of Year 11.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)
At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA English Literature syllabus (AQA Specification A). The course gives students exciting opportunities to study World War One Literature, Shakespeare, Literature from different ages and a wide range of reading of their choice.
Students have six lessons a week and are co-taught by two teachers who share responsibility preparing for examinations at the end of Year 12 and again at the end of Year 13.