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.
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
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 and comedies.
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 ‘Othello’.
Year 9: ‘Of Mice and Men’, Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, unseen poetry and a range of modern and classic poems, narrative writing and analysis of literary prose texts in preparation for GCSE English Language.
Key Stage 4: 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%)
Key Stage 5: From 2020 Equqas English Literature A Level (Current Year 12)
Component 01: Poetry
Students will study the work of Christina Rossetti as their pre 1900 poetry choice and will compare the words of Philip Larkin and Carol Ann Duffy.
Component 02: Drama
Students will explore a Shakespeare text in depth, and will compare ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ with ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ exploring how playwrights present themes over time.
Component 03: Unseen Texts
Students will explore an interwar text in context and express their ideas on a choice of unseen poetry.
Component 04: Prose Study
Students will study ‘The Color Purple’ which students will read, and then research and select a partner text of their own choice. Writing a 2500 – 3500 work coursework assignment based on the reading of the two texts.