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The English department aims to engage, enthuse and inspire students. The department offers a creative and challenging curriculum that places an appreciation of the English language and a strong reading culture at its heart.
Our dedicated teachers are committed to ensuring high expectations of students are met and work collaboratively to support each other. Above all, they pride themselves on the high quality of teaching and learning that students receive.
Students follow a mastery curriculum, acquiring key and core GCSE skills which are developed over a two year programme.
In Year 9, students build on this in a ‘bridging’ year where they continue to develop the core skills needed for GCSE but this time using the 9-1 grade criteria. We aim to instil a culture of reading within the department and across the whole school, working collaboratively with the school librarian, through the Accelerated Reader programme.
We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus for English Language and Literature. Last year, we celebrated excellent results with 80% of our students achieving a grade 4 or above in either English Language or English Literature, and student progress being positive. Both attainment and progress have risen sharply over the last three years – a trend which we are dedicated to continuing.