Above all we aim to enable students to be effective communicators who are independent learners and who strive to be the best they can be.
We deliver a meaningful English curriculum, that challenges our students by combining traditional and contemporary texts that inspire our students to think critically and beyond their own time and place.
We want our students to leave us with creative and enquiring minds; making links between what is explored in the classroom and wider social, political and moral issues. We prepare our students to communicate accurately, with the ability to convey their ideas confidently and with respect for others.
Our vision is to inspire and to equip all students to be:
- insightful and experienced readers
- confident speakers
- sensitive listeners
- confident, creative and versatile writers
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)
Students cover a range of skills and are exposed to a many forms of writing.
Year 7: History of Language from Chaucer to present day, writing creatively, nineteenth century fiction and non-fiction, unseen poetry, a modern novel and understanding Shakespearean tragedies.
Year 8: A nineteenth century text, a media unit where they question bias, writers’ perspectives and the reliability of news, canonical poetry, narrative and genre writing and Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
Year 9: ‘Of Mice and Men’, Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, unseen poetry and poems from the Power and Conflict GCSE anthology, narrative writing and analysis of literary prose texts in preparation for GCSE English Language and an individual presentation to the class.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) AQA GCSEs (8700 and 8702)
Students will have the opportunity to study the following:
Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing: understanding and creating literary prose fiction (Language paper 1: 50%)
Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives: understanding non-fiction from the nineteenth to the twenty first centuries and writing to express a view point. (Language paper 2: 50%)
Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel: exploring a Shakespeare play and a novel written in the nineteenth century as well as the context in which they were written. (Literature paper 1: 50%)
Modern Texts and Poetry: exploring a modern text and the AQA poetry anthology: Power and Conflict cluster and unseen poetry (Literature paper 1: 50%)
Year 11 Revision Materials
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