Key Stage 3
From their very first English lesson in Year 7, the students are made aware of what is expected from them in this subject. They are taught to write in a variety of registers and styles.
They quickly become used to writing formally (letters), informally (diary entries), creatively and analytically (essays on their set texts or inspired by themes within them) within a framework provided by the English Schemes of Work and by the end of Year 9, students have been well prepared to meet the challenges of GCSE examinations. These Schemes of Work are frequently supported by visits from published authors and the study of Shakespeare is enhanced by interactive workshop productions for each year group by the Orange Tree Theatre as well as visits to the theatre when possible.
Key Stage 4
English Language and English Literature courses are followed by all students in Years 10 and 11. From September 2015 the Department will follow the new AQA syllabus which will allow all students to achieve their personal best. Students build on the skills learned at Key Stage 3. These include: directed writing, empathetic listening skills, analysis of language techniques as well as precise and concise analysis and evaluation of a writer’s purposes and methods of writing. At GCSE, pupils are exceptionally well prepared for the demands of any English AS/A2 course.
Key Stage 5
By the end of Year 13, students are well equipped with the skills to progress on to higher education through the coursework element in the EdExcel A Level with its emphasis on independent response to texts informed by evaluation of relevant critical opinion and through rigorous analysis of both prepared and unseen texts in the exams. This course also provides an interesting and versatile choice of texts together with an emphasis from the start on academic rigour.
A varied range of extra-curricular provision is a feature of the Department’s programme. Visits from authors and others are often timed to coincide with local and national events to enthuse the students, provide them with opportunities to understand and emulate the craft of real world writers e.g. Gillian Clarke (the national poet for Wales) and Matt Dickinson (a published author of crossover fiction). Theatre trips feature frequently and pupils enjoy performances of studied texts in the West End, especially the annual visit of Year 9 students to the Globe Theatre.
Miss R Pietrzyk Head of Department
Mr R Davies
Mrs G Gillies
Mrs P Bath