We develop students' skills in Reading, Writing and Oracy skills through a range of texts and tasks. Each year group completes regular milestone assessments which reflect a range of skills providing a holistic picture of students’ progress and achievement against their flightpaths. Furthermore, teaching in mixed ability in KS3 and banding in KS4 ensures there is the opportunity for progression and challenge whilst still supporting individual needs during lessons.
Additionally, we aim to foster knowledge and guide students to read for pleasure through timetabled fortnightly library lessons for Key Stage 3 students, working in conjunction with the Accelerated Reader programme and our study resource centre. We encourage students to develop a love for literature and build independent reading skills, choosing texts which they not only enjoy but stimulate them too.
- Mrs H Sayers, Head of Department
- Mr T Wall, Acting Head of Department & co-ordinating KS3
- Mrs K Connor, Second in Department & co-ordinating KS4
- Mr R Morgan, Third in Department & co-ordinating KS5, Induction Co-ordinator
- Ms N Browning, Assistant Headteacher
- Miss J Evans, Regional Lead TSH Berkshire
- Mrs E Rutherford, English Literacy Co-ordinator
- Mrs S Aziz
- Mrs C Gibson
- Mrs G Toms, Intervention Teacher and Co-ordinator
- Mrs E Jeffcoate, Department LSA
Key Stage 3 - Year 7, 8 and 9English Milestone Assessments Schedule 2022/23
By the end of Key Stage 3, your child will have studied a range of text types from a variety of genres and eras. Students will complete regular assessments in their reading and writing skills, but also be expected to participate in class discussions showing respect and sensitivity to complex topics. A sample of the texts that we study, including classic, modern and diverse literature are below:
- Novels - such as: 'Boy' (Roald Dahl), 'Trash' (Andy Mulligan), 'Northern Lights' (Phillip Pullman), 'Of Mice and Men' (Steinbeck)
- Plays - 'Journey's End' (R.C. Sherriff), 'Much Ado about Nothing' and 'Romeo and Juliet' (Shakespeare)
- Poetry - World War One poetry, English Literary Heritage Poetry, Poetry from Diverse Perspectives
- Non-Fiction - autobiographies, travel writing, persuasive writing
For further ways to develop student skills, please use the link to find a compilation of resources: English Skills (padlet.com).
Key Stage 4 (GCSE) - Years 10 & 11
At Key Stage 4, students study the AQA Specifications for English Language and also for English Literature.
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Key Stage 5 (AS and A Levels) - Years 12 and 13
At Key Stage 5, student study English Literature with Edexcel or English Language with AQA.
Click here for English Literature course summary and entry requirements
The English department also participates in national competitions and initiatives including: the Magistrate Mock Trial competition, BBC School News Report day; Poetry by Heart; shadowing the Carnegie book prize. During the year, we offer opportunities to see productions of Key Stage 4 drama texts (such as at the RSC or Windmill) or invite touring companies to perform abridged productions. In conjunction with the School Learning Resource centre, we also have author visits to the school for Key Stage 3.
Last Updated March 2023