The English department is a successful department because we work in a professional and collegiate manner, sharing good practice, resources and responsibility. We work supportively with each other, which enables us to teach to the best of our ability, giving us pride in our work and in that of our students. We have clear expectations of our students and of ourselves which works beneficially to achieve our aims.
- To develop students confidence in themselves as effective participants in spoken English; to listen and respond with understanding and sensitivity; to express their own views fluently and with confidence in appropriate language registers.
- To enable our students to read independently and with enjoyment, to become responsive and enthusiastic readers able to read accurately a range of texts, including those central to our literary heritage and those from other cultures and traditions.
- To develop our students ability to communicate effectively in written forms and registers, and to value their own creativity.
- To enable students to take pride in their work, their ideas and themselves.
- To enable our students to work collaboratively and independently, with purpose and engagement.
- To provide an entitlement to a curriculum which offers equally appropriate challenges to all students regardless of gender, race or ability.
Students will be entered for an English Language qualification. Assessment for both qualifications is a combination of written coursework, speaking and listening tasks and examination.
What will I learn to do?
Reading - You will read a range of texts, both pre and post 1914. This will include a Shakespeare play, poetry and stories from other cultures. You will also have access to extracts from the world of media. You will learn to use a range of strategies to access meaning in a text and learn to read for a specific purpose. By the end of the course we hope that you will have become reflective, critical and discriminatory readers.
Writing - You will be given the opportunity to write in a variety of styles, to cover the main functions of writing: to entertain, to inform, to instruct and to persuade. Some of these opportunities will be for coursework and others for exam practice. You will be shown how to improve your writing by redrafting and, on occasion, by making sensible use of word processing. By the end of the course, you will be able to write fluently, accurately and effectively.
Speaking and Listening - Oral work will assume a much greater importance as it is a measurable aspect of your GCSE. You will be given opportunities to contribute towards class discussion, to work in a group to give a presentation and to participate in role-play. All of these activities will make you more confident about conveying a point of view and will enable you to work effectively in a group and to use talk to further your ideas.
What skills do I need?
Over two years you will improve upon the various skills learnt at KS3 and will develop new skills, such as summarising, exam techniques and being aware of audience. Progress in these skills will benefit you in other subjects.
What is next for me after this course?
English at GCSE is an essential qualification for most university courses and a requirement asked for by most employers. GCSE can lead to further opportunities to study at AS/A2.
Possible careers include: journalism, sports media, teaching, law, management and business.
The English Department Are:
Miss M Coffield - Head of Faculty - English
Mrs A Powell, Miss B Gray, Mr W Harvey, Miss S Shah, Miss J Fisher, Mr N Allott