The English Faculty
The Head of Faculty is Mr. O. Jermy and he should be the contact for all queries.
Recent faculty successes include:
- 75% of students achieved A*-C in English Language in 2016
- 23.6% of students achieved A/A* in English Language in 2016
- 82.4% of students achieved A*-C in English Literature in 2016
- 23.6% of students achieved A/A* in English Literature in 2016
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3 (years 7-8), students will cover a wide range of units encompassing poetry, prose and drama from a range of time periods and contexts; as well as building their own literacy and writing skills, as outlined in the National Curriculum (2014)
Following these units, there is at least one assessed task to monitor student progress. Each assessment has been designed to feed into and develop the skills and understanding that will be required of KS4 at an appropriate level, allowing students to build on their ability and achievement as they progress through the years. Each vital skill is revisited over the year, allowing every student to reflect and improve on their prior attainment as they move towards KS4.
As well as this, they will participate in the Accelerated Reading programme, designed to encourage independent reading and greater enjoyment of reading, where their growth and success can be clearly charted and recognised through frequent book quizzes and teacher monitoring as well as termly star tests, where overall progress is tracked.
Key Stage 4
In Key stage 4 (years 9-11), all students will complete both English Language and English Literature GCSE with the EDUQAS exam board. These two GCSEs cover English poetry, prose and drama from across the literary canon, as well as both creative and transactional writing skills and the spoken word.
Students will be regularly assessed on the required skills and content, allowing both teacher and student to monitor, reflect and build on securing the understanding and ability required to achieve the students’ maximum potential in the final GCSE exams.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5, we study the creation, reception and analysis of the English language from a hugely diverse range of settings, contexts and situations. Students will study both the written and spoken word (in transcript, in reality and on recordings) with texts ranging from literary extracts, conversations, journalism, text books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, extracts from the Bible- anything with writing on really!
The Units of study will include language issues and the techniques which writers use; students experimenting with their own writing in a variety of creative and practical tasks and a range of key linguistic theories – for both written and spoken language - plus the grammatical terms you need to discuss language use effectively.
The aims of the course are to develop skills of literary analysis both orally and through written communication, to engage with a substantial body of texts and to read a wide range of texts both independently and in class.
The course exposes you to a variety of poetry, prose and drama. The course has three main components:
1. Independent Reading
The study of two texts, selected by yourself, and an application of a literary theory.
2. Comedy OR Tragedy.
A Shakespearian drama, a modern drama, poetry and prose.
3. The exploration of Crime or Political fiction.
Crime - writing by Atkinson, Greene, Christie, McEwan
Political – writing by Atwood, Crace, Hosseini
We set students immediately upon entering the school. Throughout their time with us we continually assess and reset them based on their progress and attainment. We believe that all students should be put in a set best for their ability. We continually encourage and challenge our students.
At all Key stages, students are assessed regularly throughout the year.
- At key stage 3 students will complete a formal assessment task every half term, each of which will cover different key skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. In years 7 and 8, the assessments are differentiated to suit different abilities.
- At Key Stage 4 students will be tracked and regularly assessed as part of their preparation for the final exams at the end of year 11.
- At Key Stage 5 students will be regularly assessed through their coursework and exam preparation.
How can I help my son/daughter?
- Every student is required to complete a minimum of 20 minutes reading each night. You will be required to sign a sheet in their planner weekly to verify this is being completed;
- At all Key stages, asking your son/daughter to talk about their lessons and what they are learning will help them consolidate their understanding and develop their ideas and knowledge;
- Encouraging all students to proof-read and correct or improve all of their work (including in other subjects) will help create more independent, critical learners and help establish a very beneficial routine for your son/daughter;
- Enquire after set homework, or check the ‘Show my Homework’ website to make sure homework is completed on time;
- At Key Stage 4, encourage regular revision. Various web sites are available, but the BBC GCSE Bitesize is particularly useful offering notes, video clips and test questions on a range of skills and texts.