Our department is exciting, innovative and challenging. We love English and aim to inspire love, curiosity, interest and enjoyment in all our students whilst, furnishing them with the necessary skills to successfully study English Language and Literature at KS3, KS4 KS5 and beyond.
To study English is to study life – it encapsulates how we think, feel and behave. It helps us understand the past, the present and the future. It asks us profound questions about what it is to be human, about what we value and hold most dear and about who we are. It is a subject that allows us the opportunity to discover new worlds and new ideas, to look at the past, the present and the future and more importantly, it enables us to find our voice and explore our language in forensic detail.
Our department strives to foster within pupils a love of language and literature. We aim:
• To develop our students’ ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of contexts.
• To develop their interest in the richness of the English language and in its various forms.
• To develop an interest in extending the range of their own language in terms of style, vocabulary, structure and form, providing them with the tools to become engaging writers.
• To give pupils the opportunity to read texts by contemporary authors and those celebrated within our literary heritage.
• To offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities.
Our curriculum has been designed to enable all learners to read a wide range of literature with engagement and understanding, drawing on English literary heritage and modern texts as well as writing from around the world. The skills learned in English are critical. They help students across all their subjects, and get them ready for life beyond school.
We have a lively and interactive English Faculty with classrooms based around a central Open Learning Area. This space is used for intervention and small group work to support the students in their learning. In addition to Chrome books and Net books, the Faculty has two very well equipped IT rooms with the capacity for 60 students.
The Faculty regularly promotes extracurricular activities such as theatre trips, Poetry Live performances and Debating events and we offer a number of enrichment clubs so that a love of English is enhanced both in and outside the classroom.
Meet the Team
The English team are a passionate department of dreamers, readers, writers, poets and a million different literary characters. Led by department head Mrs Toze, we bring the subject to life in an exciting way.
Aimee Toze – Head of English
Rosie Askew – Second in English
Claire Ford – Second In English
Belle Alexander – Teacher of English
Sophie Borbon – Teacher of English
Lucy Bowden – Teacher of English
Vikki Cargin – Teacher of English (Lead Practitioner)
Mark Hicks – Teacher of English
Maddie Leader – Teacher of English and RS
Katherine Madge – Teacher of English
In English, students gain a greater understanding of language and how it can be used, they become confident speakers and writers and realise the power that our subject gives them. After all, as Edward Bulwer-Lytton said ‘the pen is always mightier than the sword’.
Our Curriculum Learning Pathway
Building on KS2
As a department, we collaborate with our local Primary schools to identify what is being taught in Year 5 & 6 and how. Our SOL builds on the KS2 curriculum and develops students’ knowledge and skills so they are equipped with the skills that will assist them in KS4 and beyond.
What Examination Courses do we follow?
Our students follow:
AQA GCSE English
AQA GCSE Literature
AQA A-level English Literature
AQA A-Level English Language
How do you measure attainment and progress?
Students are assessed throughout the year with an assessment at the end of each half term. Following an assessment, students have the opportunity to reflect and consolidate their knowledge and respond to any feedback given.
At KS4 we measure student progress based on the following assessment objectives:
• AO1: Identify & interpret explicit & implicit information & ideas. Select & synthesise evidence from texts
• AO2: Explain, comment on & analyse how writers use language & structure to achieve effects & influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views
• AO3: Compare writers’ ideas & perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts
• AO4: Evaluate texts critically & support this with appropriate textual references
• AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively & imaginatively, selecting & adapting tone, style & register for different forms, purposes & audiences.
• AO6: Candidates use a range of vocabulary & sentence structures for clarity, purpose & effect, with accurate spelling & punctuation. (This must constitute 20% of the marks for each specification as a whole.)
• AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting
• AO8: Listen & respond appropriately to spoken language, including questions & feedback on presentations
• AO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.
So why is English so important?
English is a foundation subject that underpins everything you will ever do. It provides students with their verbal and written voice, it gives them the skills to make an argument, assertion or presentation and it makes people listen. It is a valued skill in all aspects of our lives
English is about more than just examination success. It is about:
• Understanding the world and our place in it.
• Developing a range of skills that extend beyond the classroom.
• Developing resilience and key working skills,
• Working together and independently.
We also contribute to the rest of the curriculum, supporting all departments’ delivery of literary. Moreover, we have also developed the SOL for Contextual studies in collaboration with our colleagues in History, Geography and MFL to ensure students develop their understanding of our world and its great history.