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English Department

In English, we aim to engage, excite and broaden pupils’ literary horizons through a thematic and skills-based curriculum, rich in contemporary and classic fiction, media and non-fiction texts. Pupils are encouraged to write for “real” audiences and purposes, and to master functional skills and grammatical accuracy, whilst fostering a passion for creative and imaginative writing.

At all Key Stages, students explore and appreciate texts’ historical and cultural contexts, and are taught to adopt a range of reading strategies to add challenge and variety to their learning experience. Speaking and Listening skills are taught and assessed explicitly whilst forming the foundation for whole-school and regional enrichment activities, such as ‘Public Speaking’ and inter-schools debating at Sixth Form level. Stretch, challenge and support are core elements of English, and students throw themselves into cross- and extra-curricular activities to enrich their learning.

Writing competitions, theatre trips, ‘Readathons’, creative writing book groups, film groups, theatre trips, spelling bees and talks from external speakers are just some of the opportunities offered to pupils to fully appreciate the joys of English.

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GCSE Exam Board AQA English Language: Specification 8700

AQA English Literature: Specification 8702

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Page Downloads Date  
English Year 7 Overview 21st Sep 2018 Download
English Year 8 Overview 21st Sep 2018 Download
English Year 9 Overview 21st Sep 2018 Download
English Language A-level 11th Oct 2018 Download
English Literature A-level 11th Oct 2018 Download
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