English Teaching Staff
Mrs A Atkinson B.A,M.A KS3 Co-ordinator (Maternity Leave)
Ms L Batty M.A., M.Phil.,MTeach, KS4 Co-ordinator
Ms H Duncan B.A.
Mrs S Hotton B.A.
Mrs C Cudlipp B.A (Maternity Leave)
Mr S Milner M.St., M.A, Head of English Faculty
Mrs D Mynes B.A Hons, M.A
Miss J Perchard B.A, M.A
Mr J Vibert B.A
Mrs F Wood B.A Hons
Learning experiences in the English Faculty will:
Ignite a love of reading, within and beyond the classroom, in order to cultivate a lasting thirst for knowledge and the capacity to act on it. Students will appreciate the value and utility of their learning in contexts beyond the formal study of English.
Lead to an increasingly scholarly understanding of the creativity and precision that characterise effective language use so that students can be highly effective communicators, both in speech and in writing. This process will also enable students to be discerning readers who can think rigorously and imaginatively about new texts.
Exploit the unsurpassed richness of literature in English in such a way as to enable students to explore their own identities and to develop a critical literacy that will empower them to ask searching questions about the local and global cultures in which they live.
Build the growth mindset and learning power of students to ensure they have the resilience, motivation and staying power to pursue wider learning goals beyond the classroom. Students will be encouraged to be brave and to take calculated risks as they fashion their own distinctive creative and critical voices.
At Key Stage 3, we aim to deliver a curriculum that is skills-based rather than merely exam focused. In the English Faculty, we pride ourselves on using literature to teach and exemplify these skills and we incorporate a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts into our programmes of study. Students will complete a number of tasks throughout each year in a variety of formats ranging from examination practice, coursework-style tasks, classroom presentations and speeches. From Year 7 - 9 students will work towards a ‘Snapshot Folder’, added to each half-term, in order to create a record of what they have completed in the course of a year, and to demonstrate the progress they have made. In the summer term, students will be given the opportunity to revisit areas of strength and areas for development from the course of the year and they will complete an activity targeting these. We also run a weekly lunchtime support clinic for students seeking additional support or challenge. The English Faculty offers a wealth of opportunities both within and outside the school curriculum, with the following being just some of the activities and competitions we offer: Never Such Innocence Poetry Competition, The Royal Commonwealth Essay competition, and the Year 8 Shakespeare Festival.
'At Key Stage 4, students will study...
Writing: for a range of different purposes for a variety of different audiences eg. creative, descriptive, persuasive or writing an argument
Reading: to select key pieces of information and to analyse how writers convey meaning in both non-fiction and fictional texts.
Speaking & Listening: a variety of tasks completed individually and in groups covering a range of purposes including individual speeches, debates and roleplays.
Literature: a variety of modern and pre-20th century poetry, prose and drama texts ranging from Shakespeare to Victorian novels such as ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ to more modern, contemporary work by writers such as Michael Frayn and Arthur Miller are studied
Events include theatre performances, film trips, opportunities to enter a range of local and international competitions such as ‘The Commonwealth Essay’ and the opportunity to be part of the student team for the College newspaper.
Please follow the link to the CIE website for full details of the IGCSE English Language 0500 and English Literature 0486 specifications:
Studying English is about learning to read. You might be attracted to the subject by a love of language or storytelling; learning to read also means learning to ask searching questions about the culture you live in. What sorts of stories and ideas shape the way we think today? Only by answering this question can we learn to think and act differently. Studying English will also teach you how to argue: to make use of precise evidence and rhetorical strategies to persuade others orally or through writing. Skills of research, analysis and communication are enormously attractive to universities and employers. Most importantly, English is about asking big questions: if you have any interest in love, war, friendship, faith or death, English Literature will excite you!
The course encourages students to read widely, responding both to set texts and to those of their own choosing. Skills of literary analysis will be developed and applied to texts from the medieval or Renaissance periods to those written in recent years by living authors.
Students follow the revised ‘AQA English Literature A’ specification. The specification’s ‘historicist approach’ means that the historical contexts that have nurtured literary creativity are seen as particularly important: ‘working from the belief that no text exists in isolation but is the product of the time in which it was produced, Specification A encourages students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood.’