English

Staff

Facilties

The English department has four dedicated classrooms, equipped with whiteboards, data projectors and book boxes.

About the department

English holds a unique place in the curriculum: it is both a subject in its own right and also the medium through which all other subjects in the curriculum are delivered. In short, it is central to the educational progress of all students. The aim of the department is to develop our students as enthusiastic, motivated and independent learners who possess the written and oral communication skills which will be so vital for their future lives; we also wish to foster a life-long interest in the spoken and written word.

Our dedicated teachers combine traditional teaching techniques with the very latest in pedagogical thinking, meaning that all students benefit from lessons that address their different learning styles.  We closely monitor the progress of all students and organise ‘interventions’ where necessary - these include a weekly one-to-one skills programme for Year 8 students and lunchtime revision sessions for Year 11. Ms Carpenter runs the ‘Reading Challenge’ scheme for able but reluctant Year 7 readers.

Resources

The department is well resourced with class sets of novels, poetry anthologies, plays and textbooks. Our stock is updated every year so that students can take advantage of the latest in children’s fiction and non-fiction as well as more traditional works. There is also a large collection of DVDs. The use of ICT is an intrinsic aspect of the English curriculum and students have regular access to the computer and library facilities in the Learning Resource Centre.

Curriculum – Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the department provides a solid foundation for the study of English at GCSE and A-level. Students take units in prose, poetry, scripted drama and media and equal emphasis is given to developing their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

Curriculum – Key Stage 4 (GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature)

In both years 10 and 11, students are taught in mixed ability groups, with a top set for those boys possessing particular talent in the subject. The department follows the AQA B syllabus for both English and English Literature with students studying prose, poetry, drama texts, media and non-fiction. They build on their work at KS3 and further develop their ability to write to argue, persuade and advise; explore, imagine and entertain; inform, explain, describe and analyse, review, comment. Speaking and listening skills are also a key component of the courses.

Every year we run a trip to ‘Poetry Live’ so that students have the opportunity to hear poets discuss their work and to listen to a senior examiner discuss examination technique.

The department has a very successful track record in GCSE examinations. In 2014, 98% of our students gained grade C or above in GCSE English Language and 96% in English Literature. Over half of our students achieved A or A* in English Language, English Literature or both.

Curriculum – Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, English is a very popular subject. The department offers English Language and English Literature A-levels as part of the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form. In 2014 we enjoyed a 100% pass rate across our A-level courses.  In English Language 60% of our students achieved grades A* to B and in English Literature 70% achieved grades A* to B.

Enrichment opportunities

Students participate in a variety of interesting enrichment activities. These include the Kids’ Lit Quiz,  the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition and BBC News Report.  Recent trips have included a visit to the British Library and Royal Academy in London.

Career opportunities

We are part of an increasingly competitive global economy and so the range of skills developed in the study of English are highly valued by employers, colleges and universities alike. Success in English is essential for entry to virtually all careers; specific careers that employ English skills include: law, journalism, management consultancy