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English

Staff

  • Mrs S James (Joint Head of English)
  • Ms K Carpenter (Joint Head of English)
  • Mrs B Ditton
  • Mrs J Millband
  • Mrs Tierney

Facilities

The English department has four dedicated classrooms, equipped with whiteboards, data projectors and book boxes.

About the department

English holds a unique place in the curriculum: it is both a subject in its own right and also the medium through which all other subjects in the curriculum are delivered. In short, it is central to the educational progress of all students. The aim of the department is to develop our students as enthusiastic, motivated and independent learners who possess the written and oral communication skills which will be so vital for their future lives; we also wish to foster a life-long interest in the spoken and written word.

Our dedicated teachers combine traditional teaching techniques with the very latest in pedagogical thinking, meaning that all students benefit from lessons that address their different learning styles. We closely monitor the progress of all students and organise ‘interventions’ where necessary - these include a weekly one-to-one paired reading programme for Year 7 students and lunchtime revision sessions for Year 11.

English Department Intent

To provide a safe and positive learning atmosphere which caters for all learning needs and to motivate students to reach their full potential.

  • To acknowledge the relevance of students’ own experiences and value their individual contributions.
  • To develop confident students who are effective communicators and reflective thinkers, equipping them with skills which allow a confident participation in adult and student life.
  • To develop a love of Literature and Language which encourages exploration and understanding of the world and themselves.
  • In essence we want to open students’ eyes to the possibilities in the world around them and to equip them with the skills necessary to explore that world in full.

Resources

The department is well resourced with class sets of novels, poetry anthologies, plays and textbooks. Our stock is updated every year so that students can take advantage of the latest in children’s fiction and non-fiction as well as more traditional works. There is also a large collection of DVDs. The use of ICT is an intrinsic aspect of the English curriculum and students have regular access to the computer and library facilities in the Learning Resource Centre.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the department provides a solid foundation for the study of English at GCSE and A-level. Students take units in prose, poetry, scripted drama and media and equal emphasis is given to developing their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature)

In both years 10 and 11, students are taught in mixed ability groups. In year 10 and 11 the department follows the Eduqas syllabus for both English Language and English Literature with students studying prose, poetry, drama texts and non-fiction. Students build on their work at KS3 and further develop their ability to write to argue, persuade and advise; explore, imagine and entertain; inform, explain, describe and analyse, review, comment. Speaking and listening skills are also a key component of the course and students receive a separate speaking and listening grade of pass, merit or distinction as well as their numerical GCSE English Language grade.

Students take part in regular extra curricular trips to watch performances of text studied with recent visits being to watch 'Macbeth' and 'An Inspector Calls.'

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, the department offers English Language and English Literature A-levels as part of the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form. For Literature students follow the OCR syllabus and for Language students follow the Eduqas syllabus. As with Key Stage 4, students go on regular visits to enhance their studies with recent trips being to the British Library and to watch a production of Hamlet.

Enrichment opportunities

Students participate in a variety of interesting enrichment activities. These include the Kids’ Lit Quiz, the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition and Young Journalist Academy.

Career opportunities

We are part of an increasingly competitive global economy and so the range of skills developed in the study of English are highly valued by employers, colleges and universities alike. Success in English is essential for entry to virtually all careers; specific careers that employ English skills include: law, journalism, management consultancy

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