WELCOME TO THE ENGLISH FACULTY


In English, we understand the importance of ensuring our students are properly equipped for their rigorous GCSE examinations and these skills are taught from an early age. We prepare our students by giving them the confidence to approach and engage with a variety of unseen texts, from a wide range of authors. Students will study both fiction and non-fiction texts and a wide variety of writing skills.

YEAR 7

In Year 7, students are set according to their ability and students are prepared, from the outset, for their final GCSE exams in English Language and English Literature. Throughout Year 7, students will study a range of classic and contemporary novels, varying from ‘Fat Boy Swim’, to ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’. A wide range of reading and writing skills will be taught through these texts. Skills taught include: descriptive, narrative and persuasive writing, alongside analysis, evaluation and summary skills. At the end of the year, students complete a full exam, which mirrors the new GCSE Language exam. 

YEAR 8

Year 8 begin their year with the study of John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ and depending on ability, move on, in the second term, to Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman in Black’. In the final term, students begin to study a range of non-fiction texts, which are taken from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. Key reading and writing skills will be taught, during this year, and they will mirror and build on the skills covered in Year 7. At the end of the year, students complete a full exam, which mirrors the new GCSE Language exam, to set them appropriately for KS4.

YEAR 9

Students in Year 9, begin their study of texts, which are outlined in the AQA GCSE syllabus. In the first term, students will study Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ to begin preparation for the English Literature element of their GCSEs. In the second term, students will begin the study of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, in addition to a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century literary and non-fiction texts. At the end of the year, students complete a full exam, which mirrors the new GCSE Language exam.

YEAR 10

Students in Year 10 will have a solid understanding of the GCSE English Language exam and will begin refining their skills and knowledge to prepare for the GCSE English Literature exam. The year begins with the study of either modern prose, or a modern play; the texts selected by the faculty are: Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’, or Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. Together with the study of one of these texts, students will study an anthology of ‘Love and Relationship’ poetry, outlined by the exam board, and a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century literary and non-fiction texts. Reading and writing skills, for both exams, will be taught through the study of the texts, throughout the year; a range of these skills will be assessed every half term. At the end of the year, students complete a full exam, which mirrors the new GCSE Language exam.

YEAR 11

Students in Year 11 will have covered the entire syllabuses for GCSE English Language and Literature. During the course of this year, time will be spent revising and refining the skills that have been taught throughout KS3 and KS4. All exam texts will be revisited and students will complete mock exams, which will fully prepare them for the terminal exams at the end of the year.


RESOURCES

English GCSE Syllabus


TEACHING STAFF

Head of Department Mrs N Courtney
Second in Department/Whole School Leader of Literacy Miss C Kelly
Teacher of English Mrs D Murray / Miss A Horton
Teacher of English Miss S Kaur
Teacher of English Mrs J Robinson / Miss C Boyce
Teacher of English/Performing Arts Mrs J Yates / Mrs S Barnes