The English Department consists of ten English specialists. We are committed to ensuring students leave the Academy with the necessary skills and qualifications in English to succeed in life.
In 2016 the Department achieved their best results ever – 70.8% A*-C, 84.7% 3 levels-of-progess and 39.8% 4 levels-of-progress.
Achieving a 5 Grade and above in English will provide your child with a choice of pathways, post 16, and is the key to a successful future.
Key Stage 3
Students follow an engaging, accessible, inclusive curriculum, incorporating a wide range of texts to prepare them for the requirements of the 2017 GCSE specification. Reading and writing skills are assessed each half term. Alongside English lessons, students also receive a weekly Literacy lesson, designed to support the writing skills of students across the curriculum. Students also participate in a weekly Accelerated Reader lesson to promote independent reading for pleasure.
Key Stage 4
Current Y10, Y11
All students are studying two GCSEs – one in English Language and the other in English Literature.
The Language course requires students to complete:
- Two externally assessed exams testing both reading and writing skills.
This requires from students the ability to read unseen texts (both fiction and non-fiction) and think carefully about the way they have been written and what they mean, before offering their opinions on the writer’s methods. The other half of these exams test students’ abilities to write extended pieces in a variety of ways – everything from stories and creative descriptions, to letters, newspaper articles and speeches which require them to construct an argument.
The Literature course requires students to complete:
- Two closed book externally assessed exams based on Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Relationships poetry from AQA anthology.