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GCSE Results 2022

  English English Literature
9 - 7 15.6% 12.6%
9 - 5 53.7% 52.4%
9 - 4 72.7% 70.6%
9 - 1 98.3% 97.8%


2022/2023 teaching staff:  Mrs S Henden, Mr S Herbert, Mr I MacDonald, Miss F Bennett, Mrs E Edlin, Miss S Foster, Miss J Farley, Mrs C Sullivan, Ms S Felston and Miss S Gibbons.

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Faculty English
 Head of Faculty

Mrs S Henden
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Statement of Intent The English Department is a successful and forward thinking department, characterised by a strong sense of collaboration and enthusiasm for our subject and our pupils. 
In our department, we strive to foster a love of language and literature in our pupils. We aim to develop pupils' ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of contexts; to enable pupils to use accurate Standard English and develop an interest in the richness of the English language in its various forms. 
We endeavour to give pupils the opportunity to read texts by contemporary authors and also those celebrated within our literary heritage and through this, we encourage a love of reading and literature within the school community. 
In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have redesigned our curriculum to ensure that all pupils are able to achieve highly and become well-rounded individuals.
Statement of Implementation

English Statement of Implementation

 KS3 Specification

 Year 7 study:    

  • Dracula
  • Poems that get you talking
  • Shakespeare Villains
  • Private Peaceful

Year 8 study:    

  • To Kill A Mockingbird exploration using film
  • Poetry Through The Ages
  • Dystopian Fiction Language Skills
  • Romeo and Juliet extract study
  • Dickensian Snippets
  • Of Mice and Men

For each topic at KS3 students will have regular assessments that are marked using the GCSE mark schemes. This is because each assessment is based on a skill required for GCSE. Students also enjoy fortnightly spelling tests and reading lessons. 

For more information, please see the KS3 Specification.   

 KS4 Specification

In English we follow a three year GCSE curriculum. Students start studying their GCSE course in Year 9. This is to allow staff and students more time to fully explore and enjoy the English Language and English Literature course. We follow the AQA exam board and students will take 4 exams (2 Literature and 2 Language) at the end of Year 11. This course is 100% exam based; there is no coursework. From Year 10, students will have the same English teacher for two years.  

For more information, please see the KS4 Specification and the Introduction to GCSE English.  

 Exam Board AQA
Subject Documents Date  
Introduction to GCSE English 13th Dec 2019 Download
Curriculum Overview 2021/22 05th Oct 2021 Download
KS3 2021 05th Oct 2021 Download
KS4 2021 05th Oct 2021 Download
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