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Welcome to the English Department
2021 - 2022



Mr Darren Morrish
 Curriculum Leader

The Team:

Mrs Kate Shawyer                              Head of Faculty
Mr Darren Morrish                            Curriculum Leader 
Mrs Alison Russell-Webb               Lead Teacher for English
Mrs Rebecca Chads
Mrs Stephanie Coombs
Mrs Nicola Evans
Miss Sam Khan
Mrs Rachel Lynch
Mrs Rebecca Woolston


Introduction to the Department:

In the English Department we aim to help all students build their confidence in speaking and listening, reading and writing, whilst developing their independent and creative thinking skills.  We firstly endeavour to help make the transition from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible and to generate enthusiasm and self-confidence in all students.  Throughout both Key Stages, students study a wide variety of novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction texts.  Learning will be a continuous process, building on knowledge gained during Key Stage 2.

Key Stage 3 Information:

During key stage 3 students will work with a variety of texts and will develop skills in note taking, diary writing, letter writing, report writing, pamphlets, leaflets, review writing, advertisements, newspaper articles and critical responses to poems, stories and play scripts. Approximately each half term, students will complete one formal assessment with a focus on reading, writing or speaking and listening; during the course of each year there will also be regular spelling and grammar assessments.

Year 7

Year 8

Key Stage Curriculum by Year Group:
Year 7 Curriculum

Key Stage 4 Information:

Key stage 4 begins at the start of year 9 and all students are entered for both English Language and English Literature at the end of Year 11.

The main study of materials is completed by the end of Year 10, leaving Year 11 for revision.
AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas, select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
AO2:    Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
AO3:  Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts.
AO4:   Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.
AO5:  Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
AO7:  Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting.
AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations.
AO9:  Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11: 

Examination Board used:

We follow the Edexcel exam board for English Language (1EN0) and the Eduqas board for English Literature (C720QS).

Qualification to be obtained:

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature