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MRS BROWNE, HEAD OF ENGLISH

I most enjoy teaching children's language development at A Level.

Favourite book: Tender in the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald

MRS KAYE, ASSISTANT HEAD TEACHER

I love teaching stories, engaging with the writer’s ideas and devising our own personal interpretations.

Favourite book:Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

MRS GREEN, HEAD OF MEDIA STUDIES, SECOND IN DEPARTMENT FOR ENGLISH

I enjoy teaching representations in the media.

Favourite book:The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

MISS CLOUGH, ACTING SECOND IN ENGLISH/ KS5 ENGLISH LANGUAGE COORDINATOR/ TEACHER OF ENGLISH AND MEDIA STUDIES

I love teaching Shakespeare and children's language acquisition at KS5. I enjoy exploring representations in the media with students and discovering their interpretations of texts.

Favourite book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

MISS THRESHER, TEACHER OF ENGLISH/NQT COORDINATOR/KS5 ENGLISH LITERATURE COORDINATOR

I love teaching Shakespeare, and poetry in particular. I love helping students to explore texts and reach their own interpretations in an informed way.

Favourite book:Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

MISS LINEY, ENGLISH TEACHER

I most enjoy teaching the literature and I particularly liked Animal Farm with YR11 and Othello with KS5.

Favourite book:Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (because it tells us more about a hidden aspect of war)

MISS McCHLEERY, LITERACY COORDINATOR, KS3 INTERVENTION LEAD

I enjoy teaching students the joy of reading.

Favourite book:Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

MS EDWARDS, ENGLISH TEACHER WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR Y7 AND YR8

Satirical writing.

Favourite book:Lord of the Flies by William Golding

MRS MISTRY, INTERVENTION ENGLISH/SIXTH FORM LEARNING MENTOR

I enjoy literature, especially Shakespeare’s plays.

Favourite book:Papillon by Henri Charriere and the Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

MISS WHITE, TEACHER OF ENGLISH AND DRAMA

Like teaching persuasive writing.

Favourite book:Geek Love by Katherine Dunn and 1984 by George Orwell

MISS BURROWS, TEACHER OF ENGLISH GCSE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE A LEVEL

My favourite topic is descriptive writing. I lead on YR9 and Y10.

Favourite book:The Hunger Games (because it is very political)

MISS KINGHAM, HEAD OF LEARNING SUPPORT

Novels and An Inspector Calls.

Favourite book:1984 by George Orwell

MISS LOONEY, TEACHER OF ENGLISH

My favourite element of English is the novel study, especially Animal Farm at GCSE.

Favourite book:Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson (it has a unique narrative voice and twist at the end)

MISS O’LEARY, TRAINING TO BE A TEACHER OF ENGLISH

I enjoy teaching poetry.

Favourite book:Wuthering Heights

MISS BRIGGS, TA2 ENGLISH INTERVENTION AND TRAINING TO BE A TEACHER OF ENGLISH

Specialist in Gothic Fiction.

Favourite book:In Cold Blood

MISS BATES, TEACHER OF ENGLISH

I enjoy teaching classic literature, gothic literature, poetry, 19th Century literature.

Favourite book: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

MR ADKINS, TEACHER OF ENGLISH AND MEDIA

I enjoy teaching creative writing.

Favourite book: Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones

MRS BELL, TEACHER OF ENGLISH

My favourite topic is Language Change A Level, particularly Neologisms (new words coming into the language).

Favourite book:Tess of the D’Urbervilles. But I also have a penchant for horror fiction, particularly Stephen King and James Herbert.



THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AIMS TO ENSURE ALL STUDENTS MAKE OUTSTANDING LEARNING PROGRESS, ARE EXPOSED TO A RANGE OF MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES AND ARE GIVEN OPPOURTUNITY TO DEVELOP INTO CREATIVE, ANALYTICAL AND INDEPENDENT THINKERS.

Key Stage 3 English

In Years 7 and 8, students are introduced to a range of fiction, drama, non-fiction and media texts which they explore in ways which are both engaging and challenging. The curriculum has been designed to build students' skills in areas which will be of huge value to them in the future.

Students are taught reading, writing and spoken language skills throughout Key Stage 3. These skills link closely with the skills required for GCSE and the curriculum is designed to prepare students effectively for the next level. In reading assessments, students are assessed on skills of comprehension, inference, interpretation, analysis and evaluation. They will also learn to write effectively for a range of purposes, including description, narration, review, persuasion and constructing an argument.

Reading is at the heart of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Every student attends a fortnightly Library Lesson in which they follow the Accelerated Reader programme. Students are encouraged to read widely and supported by their teachers to choose books which they will love and which will help to progress their reading. In their Library Lesson, students have the opportunity to read aloud to their teacher and to talk about what they are reading, and they love to complete quizzes on the books they have read!

Key Stage 4 ENGLish

Throughout Years,9,10,11 students are taught both English Language and English Literature in preparation for two qualifications of equal status.

English Language (AQA)

Students currently in Year 10 are preparing for their English Language GCSE. The English Language curriculum involves preparation for two papers: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, and Writer's Viewpoints and Perspectives. In preparation for the exams at the end of Year 10, students study and practise a range of reading and writing skills, including analysis, synthesis of information, inference and comparison for the reading section, and creative writing and presenting an argument for the writing section. Students also complete a separate compulsory unit: Spoken Language Endorsement. While this spoken presentation does not contribute towards a student's overall grade, the mark (Pass/Merit/Distinction) will be recorded on their exam certificate.

English Literature (AQA exams from 2017)

Students are taught a range of texts, including Shakespeare, a 19th-century novel, a modern text and a range of poetry, all in preparation for two exams at the end of Year 11. They will learn how to closely analyse passages of text and make links with the whole text. They will also develop skills of comparison when studying poetry, including how to compare unseen texts. Students will study the set texts within their social and historical context and learn how this context affects audience interpretations.

English Lang (AQA or IGCSE exams in 2016)

Students currently in Year 11 are preparing for their English Language GCSE, having achieved record breaking results in English Literature in the Summer of 2015. Students in 11a1, 11a2, 11a3, 11a4 and 11b1 are studying AQA English Language; students in 11b2, 11b3, 11b4 and 11b5 are studying Cambridge IGCSE English Language. Both routes involve centre-assessed work: a controlled assessment folder of four pieces for AQA; and a coursework portfolio of three pieces for IGCSE. They will also complete Speaking and Listening tasks. Finally, both routes culminate in one written exam in the Summer of 2016.

Key Stage 5 English

Students who achieve a B or above in GCSE English can study A-Level English Literature, A-Level English Language and/or A-Level Media Studies. These challenging courses build on the skills and knowledge that students have aquired in their previous studies. Each of these subjects not only provides students with an advanced understanding of English and Media but they also prepare students for degree-level study as students are encouraged to become independent learners.

English Language: AQA Specification B

The aims of the AS and Advanced level specifications are to:

  • further candidates’ interest and enjoyment in the use of English through learning more about the structures and functions of English, drawing on their experience and knowledge of the way language changes and varies
  • develop candidates’ ability to express themselves in speech and writing with increasing competence and sophistication
  • widen candidates’ experience of written and spoken English, refining their critical and analytical responses

English Literature: AQA Specification A

The aims of the AS and Advanced level specifications are to:

  • encourage students to develop interest and enjoyment in literary studies through reading widely, critically and independently
  • introduce students to the traditions of English Literature

Media Studies: AQA

The aims of the AS and Advanced level specifications are to:

  • provide students with a critical framework to help them read and investigate the mass media
  • enable students to use research skills, to work independently and to communicate effectively via a media technology
  • develop an understanding of various contexts, such as historical and social, relevant to media issues
  • develop students’ own understanding of contemporary media issues and debates as well as the impact of new technologies.



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