Key Stage 3

At KS3 English is taught on a thematic basis, assessing the three areas of Englishspeaking and listening, reading and writing once a term. Additionally, there is a Literacy Hour session in Years 7 and 8 giving continuity from primary school and addressing the more technical aspects of the subject. Private reading and specially designed homework booklets are also features in the subject.

As well as the SATS results in Year 9, the National Optional and Progress Tests taken in Years 7 and 8 are used to inform teachers about an individual’s progress in English during Key Stage 3.

Periodically targeted students are mentored for extra support in basic literacy skills throughout Years 7, 8 and 9. Some students are offered booster sessions in Year 9, in preparation for the SAT exams.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 students continue to develop their work in speaking and listening, reading and writing. They study a range of traditional and contemporary literary texts, such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and the poetry of Simon Armitage. Media texts are also a focus of study in coursework and in the final examination.

The majority of students sit two GCSEs, one in English and one in English Literature. There is an alternative Certificate of Achievement for those who find this too demanding. Regular exam practice, based on the final examination papers, begins at the start of Year 10, together with the preparation of oral and written coursework spread across the first four terms.

Post 16

At Post 16, the range of study broadens. There are AS and A2 courses in both English Literature and Media. As at GCSE, each of these courses has a coursework unit and Media introduces a practical component at AS.

For those students wishing to improve their GCSE English, there is also a GCSE resit class.