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English

Department Intent:  

In the English department we believe  that students deserve a broad and ambitious English curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which ignites curiosity and prepares them well for future learning or employment. We strive to ensure we have ambitious writers, assured readers and articulate speakers.  Our English curriculum will give students the opportunity to read complex passages confidently and methodically, in order to break down the language and structure to establish and analyse meaning. We believe it is vital that students demonstrate a mastery of reading through discussion and writing and enjoy a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts which help them to connect with the world around them. Moreover, it is essential students develop cultural capital that will help remove barriers to achievement in school, future learning and the world of work.

 

In addition, students should be able to write clearly, fluently and accurately in plain English, showing flair and creativity where appropriate and adapt language to audience and purpose, using a wide range of appropriate and ambitious vocabulary with precision. We also believe that all students should produce ‘FIRST CLASS’ work  of which they can be proud; in talk, articulate and express their ideas, views and opinions about a wide range of topics clearly, confidently and respectfully; developing their character, including resilience, confidence and independence, so that they contribute positively to the life of the school, their local community and the wider environment.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Exam board names: 

  • AQA English Language 
  • AQA English Literature
  • AQA Functional skills

For more information on the subject and to review the current GCSE specification from the exam board please follow the links below;

GCSE - AQA

Functional Skills

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