English

Welcome to the English Department
We endeavour to foster and build students’ skill and confidence in all areas of English study and we recognise that reading, writing and communication skills are essential for young people to reach their potential in school and fulfilling opportunities throughout life. Therefore the English curriculum is built around development of these core areas, and every opportunity is explored to promote the highest standards. Consistency and creativity are the key principles which underpin every aspect of our practice.

In English we love exploring how writers use language to create an impact on readers. We do this by examining and reading a range of different texts, from poetry, to novels to a range of fiction and nonfiction texts from different times and places. Once we understand how writers create exciting effects on their readers we can begin to improve our own writing. In English we write creatively and for different purposes and for different purposes, improving our use of language, organisation, punctuation and grammar.

Meet the English Department
The department team consists of nine members of staff. These are:

NameTitle
Miss S EggletonHead of Department & Literacy coordinator
Miss P HowarthTeacher of English
Miss R UgradarTeacher of English
Miss K RobinsonTeacher of English and Head of Bronte House
Mrs R MahmudHead of KS3 Progress
Miss D BlairProgress Lead Years 9 & 10
Miss N AliTeacher of English
Mrs D RhodesTeacher of English
Miss S Mitchell-BradyTeacher Assistant

English Overview
The English Department aims:

In the English department we have designed our KS3 curriculum so that students:

  • Develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging fiction and non-fictions texts including: whole books, poems and plays both pre-1914 and contemporary.
  • Through the Accelerated Reader programme students will learn how to choose and read books independently for challenge, interest and enjoyment.
  • Engage with texts to:
    • learn new vocabulary
    • inferences and refer to evidence in the text
    • identify the purpose, audience and context of texts
    • read critically, exploring and analysing how language and text structure impact meaning
    • make critical comparisons across texts
    • evaluate the effectiveness of what they have read
  • Improve their writing skills by being taught to:
    • Write accurately, fluently, effectively
    • Write for a wide range of purposes and audiences
    • Apply their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to their writing and selecting the appropriate form
    • on knowledge of literary and rhetorical devices from their reading and listening to enhance the impact of their writing
    • Plan, draft, edit and proof-read through

Please see our Programmes of Study to look in further depth at the texts we study.

The key stage three curriculum is carefully planned to ensure students cover all skills required at GCSE and can apply these skills to texts of increasing difficulty so that they can confidently meet the demands of the 9-1 GCSE.

At KS4 students study for the AQA 9-1 Specification for a GCSE in English Language and Literature. The skills students learn in KS3 are applied at GCSE level throughout Key Stage 4 and in students’ terminal examinations.

More information about the GCSE’s can be found here:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

Our key Literature GCSE texts are:

  • A Christmas Carol
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • AQA Poetry Anthology Power and Conflict

In order to facilitate this, we expect students to have a full set of equipment (pen, pencil, ruler, and eraser) for every lesson, this also includes a reading book of students’ choice that students carry with them at all times.