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English

Here in the English Department, every student is given the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of a wide  range of literature. 

The KS3 curriculum offers students a rich, engaging and challenging experience that develops key skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening.
We aim to develop confident readers and challenge students to read widely in lessons and form time. Our students develop secure comprehension skills and we aim to develop vocabulary and experience cultures from worlds other than that which they inhabit. 
Each scheme aims to enhance students abilities with regards to:
  • Pre 19th century Literature
  • Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Non-fiction texts in various forms 
  • Analysis and comparison 

We believe that to be an effective writer, means that students are encouraged to be creative, analytical and freethinking in their language choices.

Equally important to us is to develop a natural pathway from the work we will do here, to the wide variety of exciting jobs that come with the right qualifications in English.

In KS4, we aim to help students understand English as a discipline and therefore understand how literature has developed over time.  We teach our students to recognise that literary texts do not appear in a vacuum: each literary movement or text is built on the foundations of what came before and influences what came after. It is also vital to learn about the way social, cultural and political shifts are mirrored in the literature of that time.  When studying Macbeth, consideration will be given to the events of the Elizabethan and Jacobean Era, and the relationships that Shakespeare had with the upper echelons of society. Following this, students will learn about the ways that people became popular without social media!  

We want to develop an understanding of how the texts we teach came into being and their place within history and culture. Building on knowledge from KS2 and KS3, a Victorian text will be studied.  This will also help to recognise that literature is a force for social change and political commentary, further strengthening the power of great literature.  We will also study a modern text and an Anthology of poetry.  We will visit the theatre where students can lose themselves in the past and truly understand how wonderful literature is!

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Staff

Mrs Fletcher

Subject Leader of English

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Mrs Kelly

Assistant Subject Leader of English KS4

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Miss Owen

Assistant Subject Leader of English KS3 & Teacher of Drama

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Miss Cavanagh

Teacher of English

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Ms Mallon

Teacher of English & Assistant Headteacher

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Mrs Petrucci

Teacher of English

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Mr Shaw

Teacher of English

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Mrs Stringer

Teacher of English

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Ms B Farrell

Teacher of English

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Mrs Kenny

Teacher of English & Assistant SENCO

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Ms A Spink

Teacher of English

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Mr Ashton

English HLTA

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