The English Department enjoys success within the school and is going from strength to strength. Our main aim is to achieve the highest possible standards for all pupils and provide schemes of work which they enjoy, providing interesting and challenging learning experiences. We are a strong team, each member of the Department making their own contributions and demonstrating individual strengths.

Staffing and Responsibilities

  • G. Brunt Head of Dept – I/C KS4
  • C. Mathews – Second in dept – I/C Key Stage 3
  • L. Langley – Teacher
  • C. Baldock – Teacher
  • N. Beddington – Teacher – i/c ks5
  • K. Williams – Teacher
  • E. Layland – Teacher
  • T. Arrowsmith – Teacher

Aims and Objectives

  • To promote the use of good literacy skills within English and beyond.
  • To promote creativity and confidence.
  • To ensure progress is made and skills are developed in all pupils regardless of ability, age, gender, religion or ethnicity.
  • To provide the NC entitlement for all students, review schemes of work, implement new ideas and approaches, develop teaching and learning styles and continue to enhance our bank of innovative resources to continue to share good practice.
  • To promote enjoyment and confidence in pupils’ skills and understanding of Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening and the study of Spoken Language.
  • To recognise that children learn and discover their potential in many different ways and so to ensure lessons are stimulating and varied.
  • To use data to inform planning and assess pupils on a regular basis, providing information for parents as school policy indicates.
  • To promote and maintain good links and relationships with parents.
  • To develop pupils’ independence in thinking skills, use of language and study of Literature.
  • To continue to provide an exemplary standard of training for trainee teachers.
  • To promote CPD for all Department staff.To select and create resources which are of benefit to all students.
  • To promote independence in close textual analysis.
  • To provide opportunities to study a wide range of texts.
  • To offer examination practice, revision guides and revision classes.
  • To promote the subject with enthusiasm for pupils who will take the study of English and Literature further.
  • To promote a life-long love of Literature.
  • To provide a wide range of intervention strategies for all pupils who may need them.

English at KS3 mirrors the GCSE units pupils will face and offers many more opportunities for creative and multi model tasks, as well as offering depth and breadth of literature study. English at Key Stage 3 lends itself to promoting pupils’ moral, social, spiritual and cultural development, helping pupils explore and reflect on various aspects of their lives through discussion, drama and literature. Class teachers are responsible for ensuring the resources are adapted to suit the specific needs of their class and their pupils. We study a different unit each half term giving pupils the opportunity for formative assessment and the opportunity to develop their skills from this assessment.

Students are issued with an exercise book. This contains class work, some home-works and evidence of regular assessment using the AAA cycle which demonstrate rigour and allow pupils and parents to reflect and comment on recent progress. This enables pupils to track their own development and enables parents to keep a check on their child’s progress too. Research projects are completed for every unit of work.

All pupil levels are recorded centrally allowing progress to be tracked (this is in addition to the school system: SISRA). This ensures past data on pupils is used for planning and class data is passed on to new staff.

Aims of Key Stage 3:

  • Enjoyment, creativity and confidence
  • Developing effective written and spoken communication skills
  • Developing analytical and independent Reading skills
  • Developing empathetic and sensitive listening skills
  • Encouraging good learning behaviours and productive discussion, role play and group work
  • Encouraging confidence in research and investigative skill

Key Stage 4 is run over 2 years after many introductory units in year 9. Pupils follow the AQA specification and complete the English Language and English Literature course (gaining 2 GCSEs).

Pupils are given regular opportunities for Peer and Self- assessment.

Pupils’ predicted grades are monitored and tracked through SISRA and our own assessment tracker sheets.

Aims of Key Stage 4:

  • Enjoyment, creativity and confidence
  • Developing effective written and spoken communication skills
  • Developing analytical and independent Reading skills
  • Developing empathetic and sensitive listening skills
  • Encouraging confidence in research and investigative skills
  • Becoming perceptive and analytical readers
  • To be able to use language with clarity, confidence and sophistication.
  • To articulate thoughts, feelings and ideas and to share them with confidence

Poet Laureate

Each year one pupil from year 11 is given the post of Poet Laureate. Their job is to promote poetry throughout the school and indeed the English department. The Poet Laureate celebrates and commemorates special events, festivals and the like and their poetry is displayed throughout the school, all year round. The poetry they create is also printed in every news letter ensuring a wide audience of pupils, staff and parents.