English

Pupils in Years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to study for two GCSEs; AQA English Language and AQA English Literature. Both of these courses are designed to develop independent, creative thinking skills and the confident use of the English language, as well as to encourage a lifelong love of reading. Pupils are assessed in formal exam conditions at the end of the course. Pupils will also complete Speaking and Listening assessments prior to the exam.

In English Language, pupils will investigate spoken language, which encourages them to think about how language use changes in different contexts and across a variety of themes and cultures. They will study a modern novel and in the exam, explore and produce non-fiction texts. They will also be assessed in their speaking and listening skills.

In English Literature, pupils will study a Shakespeare play, a 19th century novel, a range of poetry from the past two centuries as well being assessed in non-seen material. Assessment will take the form of two formal exams.

Pupils can also study the Edexcel English Certifcate, Functional Skills English or Entry Level English as deemed appropriate in consultant with their teacher.

A wide range of English themed extra-curricular activities and projects are co-ordinated including BBC School Report, a young writer’s club and theatre trips.

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