English Curriculum Intent and Five Year Overview
English is delivered throughout the school by a dedicated, creative and ambitious team of specialists. We aim to nurture, promote and develop students’ understanding and enjoyment of both language and literature through methodology and practice. Student success, coupled with engendering a love of the subject is our aim.
The department offers a range of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom designed to enrich students’ reading and writing skills, vocabulary knowledge and oral communication. Our passionate and knowledgeable teachers are able to deliver challenging and engaging lessons, and nurture students towards success.
During our rigorous Key Stage 3 programme, students track the evolution of stories from the classical era to the modern day, developing an understanding of the way great writers create meaning in poetry, drama and prose. At Key Stage 4, we build on this foundation in preparation for GCSEs in both Language and Literature, studying fiction and non-fiction texts from a diverse range of writers.
We enrich the curriculum through organised events and trips such as theatre visits, the KYBA awards, literacy calendar activities and ‘Millionaire’ reading outings. We have a tutor group reading programme in Years 7 to 10.