Throughout the school, English is taught in three broad ability bands.
In Years 7-9 students study units based on poetry, prose, drama, media and narrative. We aim to provide a varied and stimulating curriculum, allowing students to develop and extend their experience in English.
In Years 10-11 students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus.
Assessment for English Language and English Literature is based on final examinations with a huge emphasis placed upon exam skills throughout Year 10 and 11.
English Language and Literature are both examined in May/June of Year 11 and as such are taught in tandem across the two year period. This allows students a greater flexibility in their study of English and allows the department to provide additional support within the curriculum through the use of HLTA staff and in Period 7 support activities.
The department offers English Language, English Literature and a joint English Language and Literature course at A Level.
The English Literature course (Edexcel) offers students a diversity of texts drawn from a variety of genres and periods. We study Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and Sarah Waters’ ‘The Little Stranger’ as part of a unit on supernatural prose texts. Students also study ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and a collection of modern poems from the ‘Poems of the Decade’ anthology of contemporary poetry. Finally, students will analyse a Shakespeare play and the Romantic poets.
In English Language (AQA) students explore and investigate the ways that meanings are created in a diverse range of spoken and written texts. They study theories and concepts related to linguistic analysis and they look at child acquisition of language as well as the ways that language has changed over time.
The joint English Language and Literature course (AQA) provides students with an integrated approach to the study of both literary and non-literary discourse. They will apply linguistic frameworks when exploring and analysing texts such as ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, poetry by Seamus Heaney and an anthology about Paris.
All of the A Level English courses include a coursework component.