English

The English Faculty is committed to providing students with a range of learning experiences that equip them to become experts at using and interpreting our language in both spoken and written forms. Appropriate, high quality literature provides the stimulus for our work, and our aim is for all students to become critical, independent readers and sophisticated writers. 

Key Stage Three

Students follow a bespoke course designed to inspire their study of English and it's forms. Students are encouraged to develop knowledge, skills and critical thinking - an approach we call our "Know, Try, Wonder" curriculum. This curriculum enables students to develop the knowledge of English, of great writers and important texts and periods of literary history. It enables students to develop the analytical and creative skills required to take ownership of the English Language and it encourages students to think deeply and critically about the moral, spiritual and ethical questions the texts force us to ask.

Units of work include core tasks which test the knowledge and skills learned over the year.

Key Stage Four

Students follow the AQA Specification in both English Language (8700) and English Literature (8702). For full specifications and course content please visit the AQA GCSE Website

Key Stage Five

At ‘A’ Level, students have the choice between two courses:

English Literature AQA Specification A (7712) AQA.com

2 x written examinations and one Non-examined assessment (coursework) form the content of the A-level syllabus.

OR

English Language and Literature EdexcelSpecification (ELO)

2 x written examinations and one Non-examined assessment (coursework) form the content of the A-level syllabus.

Enrichment Opportunities

Numerous enrichment opportunities exist for students to develop their appreciation of, and insight into, many different aspects of English Language and Literature. Experiences for students are continually reviewed and selected to enhance learning and at Key Stages Three, Four and Five. Enrichment experiences include:

  • Theatre visits
  • Writing Competitions
  • Reading reviews
  • Contributions to Bishop's World of Writing (professional magazine)

Teaching Staff

Head of Faculty: Mr Simon Smith
Mr P Wareham - Second in Faculty
Mrs J Pointer - Key Stage Five Leader
 
Mrs A Farrell - Curriculum Assistant
 
Ms J Bates
Miss F Conway
Mrs N Fletton
Ms D Johnson
Mrs K Lucas
Mrs S Tedd
Mrs B McGregor