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Our aim is to stimulate lasting pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in English. Additionally, we aim to equip our pupils with the ability to analyse and evaluate language as well as fostering and encouraging a life-long appreciation of literature. We actively encourage our pupils to read widely in order to experience a wealth of fiction and non-fiction and library lessons complement pupils’ development in reading.
Pupils study writing skills including writing to inform, persuade and analyse as well as creative writing. A variety of texts including Shakespeare, pre- and post-1914 literature and non-fiction are studied through schemes of work developed in accordance with the National Strategy. Pupils are enabled to develop in reading, writing and speaking and listening through tasks which incorporate individual, paired and group work. We monitor pupil progress closely through assessments which are levelled according to National Curriculum.
All pupils study AQA English Language and English Literature GCSE specifications. The English Language course allows pupils to investigate and analyse language and to experiment and use language creatively. Pupils will experience Literature drawn from a range of contemporary and modern texts. The course focuses on a skills-based approach to the study of literature. This enables pupils to make fresh and individual responses to each element of assessment. Assessment is made through controlled tasks and examinations taken at the end of Year 11.
English Language (AQA) and English Literature (OCR) A Levels are offered. In English Language, there is an emphasis on developing skills in descriptive linguistic analysis focusing on a wide range of texts produced for a number of different purposes and audiences. Coursework involves creative and analytical elements. English Literature includes the study of a range of pre and post-1914 literature incorporating coursework where pupils have some flexibility in choosing texts.
The faculty offers pupils many enrichment opportunities. We organise a whole School poetry competition, debating competitions, take part in Rotary Youthspeaks events and participate in the local heats of The Times Spelling Bee competition. To challenge our Gifted and Talented pupils, we host a number of courses and organise visits to A Level conferences. Theatre visits and workshops are arranged to supplement core curricular study. Other co-curricular activities include seven weekly workshop sessions which are voluntarily attended by pupils from all year groups.