English

Teaching Staff

Mrs H Wright – Head of Faculty
Miss K Faulkner – Teacher
Mrs G Prouse – Teacher
Mrs T Millhouse – Teacher
Mrs J Clee – Teacher
Mrs V Dean – Principal

Weekly Lesson Allocations

  • Key Stage 3 (Years 7/8/9) – 4x 50 minute lessons per week
  • Key Stage 4 (Years 10/11) – 5x 50 minute lessons per week

English Curriculum Statement

We believe that English is the foundation of all other subjects, opening pupil’s eyes to the world they live in. Through our curriculum, we broaden the horizons of our learners by creating exciting, diverse and relevant topics which challenge viewpoints, contexts and perspectives.

We want our pupils to leave school as effective communicators, who express themselves confidently, succinctly and imaginatively, using English accurately and clearly. We foster a love of reading by exposing our children to a wide range of literature, as we know it is one of the most powerful ways in which we can equip pupils for success in the real world. Through our progressive curriculum, we will increase the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of different cultures, human diversity and civilisations. We feel that this is especially important in a rural school.

Our curriculum will stretch imaginations, foster resilience and facilitate pupils in becoming independent, life-long learners.

Key Stage 3:

KS3 – Curriculum Overview – English (pdf)

Key Stage three is assessed using threshold statements. A child will be given a working at threshold at each data capture:

Curriculum Overview – English (pdf)

Pupils are set weekly or fortnightly homework tasks which are directly linked to the work they have been completing in class in order to build on key skills.

Key stage 4:

English Language

Syllabus: 8700
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website: www.aqa.org.uk
Subject: GCSE English Language

English Language syllabus content:

Pupils will draw upon a range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as reading stimuli as well as engage with creative, real and relevant contexts. Pupils will also learn how to further their creative and original writing skills, writing for different purposes and audiences. The syllabus is arranged into the following assessment areas:

  • Explorations in creative reading and writing
  • Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
  • Spoken language 

English Literature

Syllabus: 8702
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website: www.aqa.org.uk
Subject: GCSE English Literature

English Literature syllabus content:

English literature is a platform in which pupils explore the world around them, including what makes us human. Pupils will study a complete Shakespeare play and a novel from our literary heritage. Pupils will also explore and respond to a post 1914 text and a selection of poetry, ranging from 1789 until present day, covering the themes of power and conflict. In addition, they will be prepared to respond to unseen poetry.

The syllabus is arranged into the following assessment areas:

  • Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
  • Modern texts and poetry