At Key Stage 3 in English we try to make sure that students experience a wide variety of activities. To help establish a love of reading we have a small but diverse lending library and students are expected to have a personal book with to read in any quiet time. Discussion, writing in a variety of styles, some role play and acting in KS3, shared reading of a range of different literature from newspaper articles to experimental poems and novels, together with the essential elements of grammar and educational games, complete the comprehensive provision.
We have elected to follow AQA 8700 English Language at GCSE level. The course builds on the range of skills developed in KS3. The course is assessed by two examination papers scheduled for the end of Year 11. Spoken English is internally assessed and included on the GCSE award. Full details are available from AQA’s website.
Students are encouraged to use a wide variety of online resources for the purposes of research but must be careful not to plagiarise. The GCSE exam answers are handwritten for most students so we will ensure that those pupils who need to will get a balance of handwriting experience as well as use of IT to produce text.
For those for whom GCSE English is not the most appropriate pathway the department offers Pearson Functional Skills at Entry Level 1 – 3 and Levels 1 & 2.