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English is a vibrant and dynamic department supported by ever increasing results at GCSE.
Head of English: Mrs A, Conescu reports that in 2018, 57% of pupils achieved Grade 5% and 67% achieved Grade 4+ in English Literature
Lessons are varied and exciting and include drama, and creative media resources such as podcasting and video production as well as the core elements of the subject: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Pupils report that they enjoy English because of the chance to practice their learning in fun ways such as reading skills through moving image and film or writing through the use of video games. We continually try to find ideas to make poetry, Shakespeare and the texts we read relevant and interesting.
We have introduced a literacy programme, Lexia, to support KS3 pupils (Year 7-9) who may struggle with reading or phonics so that they may succeed in every aspect of their school life.
In years 7 and 8 pupils we encourage reading for pleasure using a programme called Accelerated reader. This rewards pupils for their reading and understanding; it matches pupils’ reading abilities to a range of interesting, colour-coded books. Once they have read a book they can take an interactive quiz. Prizes can be won for high scores and avid reading. Parents can log in from home to check on their child’s progress.
At GCSE we offer courses in both Language and Literature. We enrich the experience of pupils through theatre productions and offer lots of different support for pupils to achieve their very best.
Staff in the department go the extra mile to support pupils to succeed and achieve.
Mrs A Conescu – Head of English
Mr K Muneer - Teaching & Learning Team/Teacher of English
Mrs L Ward - Teacher of English
Mrs H Weibrecht - Teacher of English
Miss N Zaman - Teacher of English
Mr D Oakley - Teacher of English
Mr C Ives-Keeler - Teacher of English
Ms M Oldham – Learning Resources Manager
Mrs T Keelan – English Curriculum Support