The English Department staffing comprises fourteen members of staff. Lessons are taught in a suite of seven dedicated classrooms.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 students will study the building blocks of the English Language, including grammar, spelling and the history of the language.
This understanding will then be applied in the study of literature. Key Stage 3 examines both fiction and non-fiction.
Full details on the work covered within the English Department can be found here.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Syllabus: OCR English Language
The syllabus offers all candidates an equal opportunity to demonstrate attainment in:
- speaking and listening
- reading and writing
There is one set book for English, a collection of short stories, "Opening Worlds", from which six stories are specified for study. A play by Shakespeare and poetry from before 1914 will be studied as part of a unified course with English Literature.
GCSE Syllabus: OCR English Literature
This course provides for the critical reading of a wide range of literature and encourages the making of connections and comparisons between texts and the exploration of cultural and social contexts. The syllabus has links with the English course, providing a unified approach to English studies. There are three set areas to study: Prose, Drama and Poetry.
Key Stage 5
We currently offer both English Language and English Literature at A-Level.
AS/A Level Syllabus: AQA Specification B
This A Level will comprise 4 assessment units (2 for AS and 2 for A2). There will be certification of individual units.
- Categorising texts (Examinsation)
- Creating texts (Coursework)
- Developing Language (Examination)
- Investigating Language (Coursework)
AS/A Level Syllabus: OCR
The A Level will comprise four assessment units (2 for AS and 2 for A2). There will be certification of individual units.
- Poetry and Prose 1800-1945 (Examination)
- Literature Post 1900 (Coursework)
- Drama and Poetry Pre 1800 (Examination)
- Texts in time (Coursework)