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The English Department
Strategic Leader of English = Miss M Higginbottom
The English department consists of four specialist teachers and three members of the senior leadership team. Within the department there are two assistant leaders of English who are responsible for ensuring the progress and welfare of learners in English in Years 7 -9.
Mr Drummond is in charge of the Year 7 and 8 curriculum
Ms Z Beswitherick who is in charge of the Year 9 curriculum.
The department has a strong focus on learners achieving their personal best whilst developing a love for language and literature through reading.
We work closely with the ASPIRE centre to ensure that learners are supported in lessons where there is extended writing and reading. We also have literacy groups for learners who need extra support in English and learners in these groups will study an extra hour of English a week in their curriculum time.
Learners currently in Year 11 are working towards the AQA GCSE specification.
Learners in Year 7 – 10 are working towards GCSE exams with the EDEXCEL exam board. These students will be assessed on the number grade 1-9 system. A spiral curriculum is in place, where students study the same units each year, but in increasing levels of detail. There is a strong focus on developing independent responses to texts and reading a wide variety of literature. Learners’ assessments will match the work complete in classes over that particular half-term.
Learners will complete two formal assessments each half-term to assess and ensure progress against all assessment objectives (reading and responding to texts, using textual references, analysis, accuracy of vocabulary, spelling and punctuation). Alongside these in class assessments, learners also complete an end of year exam, which will focus on one of the areas studied by learners over the course of the year. Homework and revision is sent home during this time to allow learners adequate time to prepare.
The expectation for home learning is that students will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week. Learners should be regularly reading independently in order to develop both their own writing ability and their analytical skills.
An after school drop-in clinic is available for students who are struggling with any aspects of English. For Year 11, an exam focussed revision session is on Wednesday evenings between 3pm – 4pm. We usually encourage learners to bring their own revision but also run focused revision sessions as we get closer to the exam.
Throughout the year a variety of enrichment opportunities take place. Competitions and special sessions will also take place throughout the course of the academic year linked to key events, such as World Book Day and National Poetry week.
The English department also run a rainbow reading challenge for Year 7 and 8 in which learners are challenged to read and complete a certain number of activities, which lead to a certain number of points. These points link to rewards and badges which learners can wear on their blazers and are presented in the end of term assemblies. We display the successes of these learners in the English corridor in order to help promote a reading culture.