The English Faculty
The Head of Faculty is Mr. O. Jermy and he should be the contact for all queries. The faculty has seven full time teachers, one part-time teacher and one teaching assistant. We have nine classrooms. Each classroom has a data projector and four classrooms have an interactive whiteboard.
Recent faculty successes include:
- 71% of students achieved A*-C in English Language in 2012
- 100% pass rate at KS5
- Top school in Cornwall in the National Spelling Bee
Courses taught at Key Stage 4:
- At key stage 4 we would expect the majority of students to leave with GCSEs in English Language and English Literature.
- The GCSE English Exam Board is WJEC
Courses taught at Key Stage 5:
At Key Stage 5 we offer ‘A’ levels in both English Language and English Literature.
- The ‘A’ level English exam board is AQA.
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 complete a series of Controlled Assessments as part of their GCSE in Language and Literature. They will also complete practise exams 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.
The Subject Curriculum
The study pathway for Key Stage 3 has been specifically designed to support every student’s progression across Key Stage 3 and into Key Stage 4. Each year group will complete 6-7 units of work, assessed using the National Curriculum Assessment Foci (AFs), but also designed to use the key skills and Assessment Objectives that will be part of their GCSE in later years. Each AF is revisited at least twice every year, to allow each student the opportunity to build on their previous attainment.
- In Key stage 4 and 5 the subject pathways follow the programme of study required of the Exam Boards.
How can I help my son/daughter?
- At Key stage 3, as part of the Accelerated Reading Programme, every student is required to complete a minimum of 20 minutes of either independent or paired reading for part of their weekly homework. 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.