English

‘Aspiration for all’ puts learning and teaching at the heart of our department.  We believe that there is no such thing as a glass ceiling and thus, whilst we know working towards targets are an important step in the learning process, every student and every teacher aims for the stars.

We foster an environment where curiosity is nurtured; learning is celebrated and success is enjoyed by all.

Our curriculum is tailor-made to interest, inspire and challenge our students by our dedicated KS3, KS4 and KS5 co-ordinators.  Lessons across all key stages stretch all abilities and offer a balance of content and necessary skills.  Our lessons are dynamic, challenging and engaging and thus foster good progress for all as was proven when Ofsted rated our department’s teaching to be consistently ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’.

Small nurture groups are taught as part of our personalised curriculum.  Our KS3 Co-Ordinator oversees extra-curricular groups which aim to both support students who might find English challenging but also to stretch and develop students as part of an exciting extension programme.

Needless to say, reading is at the core of our English community.  Students have dedicated library lessons where they all partake in the Accelerated Reading Programme which is a fun, incentive-based reading scheme specifically matched to each student’s ability.  Reading, allows students to develop and refine their understanding of the world, grow their empathy for others and provides a life-time membership to the global community of books.

As a faculty, we work hard to triangulate our use of assessment, feedback and planning to ensure that students’ receive a personalised learning approach. Our schemes of work are carefully planned to adhere to the curriculum objectives; however, we also recognise the importance of flexibility in our teaching styles in order to precisely target skills and knowledge that need to be practised in more depth. Our faculty-developed assessment tools allow us to carefully monitor and track students’ acquisition of the skills required to progress in both reading and writing. Post-holders within the faculty frequently monitor data to ensure that students are progressing in-line with their prior attainment indicators, ensuring that students who need extra support can be supported with extra intervention.

Year upon year our students leave the school, not only with a sense of achievement (as reflected in our consistently impressive results), but with a firm sense of confidence in their ability to independently enter a competitive world firmly equipped with the necessary communication skills needed in order to continue enjoying success.

Staff Names Staff  Titles
Miss V Cheyne Head of English
Mr C Allom English / Raising Achievement Leader for KS4
Ms J Piper English
Mrs R Marsh English / KS3 Coordinator
Mr T Bousfield English
Miss D Miles English / Year 9 Curriculum Designer
Ms A Smith English
Ms G Davies English / Year 10 Curriculum Designer
Ms R Churchman English / PSHCE Coordinator
Mr S Hogan SCITT