Welcome to the English Department

English, as a core subject, is central to the way we communicate and make sense of the world around us. For this reason, students have five lessons each week, during which we focus on effective communication, both written and spoken, and on the impact of our language choices. Our schemes of work are informed by the National Curriculum and the English Programmes of Study and prepare students for both English Language and Literature at GCSE and A level. Regular assessments focus on the use of language and style that is appropriate to form, audience and purpose.

Each week, all students have a reading lesson within English where they are encouraged to investigate a range of texts and explore different genres, both in hard copies and digitally. In this way, we promote an appreciation of the way English is used and of the diversity of language around us. At the same time, there is a focus on the ability to appreciate different perspectives and to develop empathy through wide reading in these lessons.

In terms of classes, students are grouped according to ability. Initially this is based on KS2 tests and our own baseline tests; groups are then reviewed mid-way through year 7 once internal assessments have taken place. Groupings are continually reviewed as students progress through the school using information from our assessment weeks which take place twice a year.

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