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Welcome to the English Department
2022 - 2023


Mr Darren Morrish
 Curriculum Leader

Mrs K Shawyer                       English Faculty Leader
Mr D Morrish                          English Curriculum Leader

The Team:                 
Mrs R Lynch                           Lead Teacher for English
Mrs R Woolston                      Assistant Curriculum Leader
Mrs R Chads
Mrs S Coombs
Mrs N Evans
Miss S Khan


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 a regular focus on spelling and grammar.

Year 7

Year 8 

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

This will be adapted each year depending on the needs of the cohort. 

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.