Our department is characterised by a strong sense of enthusiasm for our subject areas and for finding ways to communicate that enthusiasm. Our core aim is to ensure all students reach their full potential, with the knowledge and skills to become reflective, critical and powerful users of language. We hope that students will enjoy their work in English and strive to ensure that our curriculum offers a rich and diverse range of learning experiences.
We work as team of nine specialists, teaching English Language and Literature from Year 7 to 13, and Film Studies in Year 12 and 13. There is a wealth of experience in the department and we believe our collaborative practice enables us to keep our curriculum offer vibrant and varied. A crucial part of our work is raising literacy standards across the school. Our schemes of work are designed to reflect the interconnectedness of aspects of language and literacy development, and we also provide targeted support through one-to-one interventions and small group work. We work in close collaboration with other faculties to raise achievement across the age range.
The department runs lunchtime clubs (creative writing, reading, poetry prize ‘shadowing’, Latin) and after-school revision/guidance sessions.