English aims to provide students with the skills of Reading, Writing and Spoken Language in order to equip them for life beyond school. English teaches students to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions and interpret the use of language by others. Providing opportunities to engage with the English Literary Heritage and explore texts from various cultures, traditions and periods, the curriculum aims to draw on links with Art, Science, History and Drama. Students will be encouraged to develop analytical skills alongside fostering a lifelong love of reading. They will also develop their creativity and resilience as they engage in writing for different audiences and purposes, using language to empower themselves. As per the National Curriculum, in addition to developing skills necessary to be a fully participating member of society, English enables students to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
The seven-year journey in English begins at Key Stage 3 where the foundations of knowledge and understanding of the curriculum concepts are established. Students engage with a range of literary forms and genres such as the work of Dickens, Shakespeare, Shelley and Poe, as well as studying poetry, writing for different purposes and developing oracy skills. At Key Stages 4 and 5, these foundations are built upon through a more in depth study of literary texts and writing for different purposes. At Key Stage 5, students have the option to study for A Levels in English Literature and Film Studies.
The department offers a range of opportunities in order for all students to engage actively in English and fulfil their potential. Study support sessions are provided across the key stages throughout the academic year and the library is open to all students.
Head of Department: Mrs A Vukasovic – [email protected]
KS3 Co-ordinator: Mrs L Male – [email protected]
KS4 Co-ordinator: Miss D Homer – [email protected]
KS5 Co-ordinator: Mrs J Ford – [email protected]