We are committed to developing critical and creative thinkers who collaborate and communicate effectively. In English, we ensure students learn to read critically, evaluate rhetorical strategies, write analytically, speak effectively, and view diverse, complex texts thoughtfully, so they will have the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly complex, ever-changing world.
We seek to inspire and motivate our students – to help them become life-long learners and to understand that reading, writing, spoken language are universal skills that will be used throughout their lives. We strongly believe that the study of language and the imaginative world of literature will help our students to gain empathy, demonstrate tolerance, and consider other perspectives so they can better understand themselves and the world in which they live.
The English Curriculum
Head of English
Mrs Deborah Plowright
GCSE Course Information
Throughout Year 10 and Year 11, , students focus on both English Language and English Literature and the skills for both are tight in and integrated way. In Year 10, students begin by studying of An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley and in the spring term move on to studying The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Through careful interleaving and retrieval practice students are taught how to revisit and retain knowledge across the study of their English language and English literature courses.
In Year 11, students study ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry and revisit Macbeth whilst continuing to revise their other literature texts and language skills. Towards the end of the autumn term, students begin preparing and revising for their GCSE examinations.
AQA: English Literature 8702
AQA: English Literature 8700
Extra-Curricular and Enrichment