A Bit About Us
Students should enjoy and make progress in English and Media through a varied and exciting curriculum. Links will be made to the outside world as much as possible in order to provide a real life context for learning. English provides the ideal opportunity to explore sensitive issues of social and emotional development. Students should look forward to their English and Media lessons - an environment where they feel safe, supported, challenged and enthused by what they are learning. Our teachers are passionate about the subject we teach and are committed to helping all students succeed.
Where We Teach
The faculty is housed in a recently built block shared with the Maths Faculty. There are a total of nine English classrooms, each of which has a PC and a data projector. We also have an English Office and staffroom, a friendly and welcoming place which houses the English and Media Faculty during break and lunchtimes.
The department is supported by two student leaders from Year 11, who can often be found supporting enrichment activities, trips and clubs.
Year 7 ICE Programme
An exciting new programme has been developed to provide excellent learning opportunities to pupils arriving in Year 7.
A mix of core curriculum content, extension and enrichment activities help to provide a solid foundation and appreciation for English Language and Literature.
Cross-curricular links are built through the use of common themes, and we develop our students’ abilities as effective communicators.
Years 8 and 9
Pupils in Years 8 and 9 continue to develop literacy skills in preparation for Key Stage 4. The curriculum focuses on enhancing the pupils’ ability to analyse language closely; to speak with confidence; to listen thoughtfully to the views of others; and to write accurately in a way that will be of interest to their reader. Pupils are encouraged to take advantage of the many extra-curricular activities available within the English Department such as the book group, which meets at lunchtime on the first Tuesday of each month in the Sixth Form library, and the BBC Young Reporters Scheme.
Years 10 and 11
Students are helped to learn both the curriculum content and the exam technique necessary to gain marks in their final exams. Students are given additional support through the use of revision guides, revision websites, and the College MOODLE.
Home Learning Pledges
ICE (Year 7 & 8) - 1 Task per week, maximum of 1 Hour
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11) - 1 task per week maximum 90 minutes