What are we aiming to achieve in the English department?
At Key Stage 3, all students receive nine lessons of English over a fortnight. The English Faculty promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and developing their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The main aim of the English Faculty that students enjoy the subject. We stock a wealth of texts within the Faculty, ranging from classics such as Dracula and A Christmas Carol, to more modern texts such as The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Of Mice and Men, and I am Malala.
Reading at Key Stage 3 is wide, varied and challenging, and all students are expected to read whole books in class and independently, using texts available from the Faculty, from their own homes or from the school’s library.
Students are taught to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We use a variety of techniques to support students’ writing. These include visits and trips to inspire creativity or bringing in poets, theatre companies and other companies to work alongside our fantastic teaching staff. In the past, students have worked with the Premier League and the National Literacy Trust, performance poet and television teacher Mark Grist, local poet Mike Garry, BBC Manchester, and many others.
At Key Stage 4, all students receive nine lessons of English over a fortnight. Students follow the AQA specification for GCSE English Literature and English Language. Students will therefore achieve two GCSEs in English by the time they leave us. Whilst following this course, students will read and explore a number of literary texts as listed here, and develop their own writing skills.
For more information, please contact the English Faculty
Miss J Farrell, Head of English firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr O Rocca, Second in English email@example.com
Mrs K Joyce, Lead Practitioner for English firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs T Norfolk, Teacher of English and literacy coordinator email@example.com
Mrs L Gray, Teacher of English and PP coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss E Jones, Teacher of English and Head of Year 11 email@example.com
Mrs J Travis, Teacher of English firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs S Swift, Teacher of English email@example.com
Miss A Chambers, Teacher of English firstname.lastname@example.org