English Language is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world; it is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In the study of English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Pupils learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.
The curriculum is enriched by an exciting and inspiring variety of educational trips and events. Recently, students have had the opportunity to visit dramatic performances in central London theatres, participate in a journalism workshop at the Guardian newspaper and attend a seminar by the acclaimed novelist and journalist, Wendy Holden. Events in school have included a theatrical production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and a thrilling performance by Harry Baker, the World Poetry Slam champion.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, we aim to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of imaginative language and literature. Pupils are introduced to a rich variety of texts, from classic to contemporary fiction. The curriculum is designed to nurture pupils’ skills in reading and writing, encouraging all pupils to become confident communicators. Throughout the Key Stage pupils will follow a mini GCSE curriculum, covering the skills necessary to equip them for further study.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 all pupils follow the ‘AQA 9-1’ specification for both English Language and English Literature GCSEs. Pupils are encouraged to enhance their skills in critical judgement, whilst enriching their cultural understanding through the study of wide range of fiction and non-fiction literature. We aim to nurture pupils’ creativity, enabling them to express themselves imaginatively and with flair.