Subject Leader: Miss S Connolly
The English department continues to be judged as outstanding.
In the 2015 Ofsted report, teaching and achievement in English were also recognised as outstanding.
Miss Connolly is the Director of English. Miss Hancock is second in department with an overall responsibility for Key Stage 4 and Mrs McKone is also second in department with an overall responsibility for Key Stage 3. They lead a team of twenty three English teachers, five Learning Support Assistants, dedicated to working within English and two Curriculum Support Officers.
The English department is housed within its own block within the school. There are four computer suites for use by the department with laptops also being available for whole-class use.
Students continue to do extremely well at Key Stage 4 with 84% of students achieving a C+ in English in 2015/16.
Lessons are carefully planned and clearly structured with tasks scaffolded and differentiated to build students' learning. There is high quality feedback which challenges and supports students.
All students in Years 7-10 are now following the 'Let's Think' programme which promotes discussion and independent thinking.
The Director of English and TLR holders lead the department very effectively at all key stages. Communication is a strength with briefings and meetings used effectively.
Systematic quality assurance procedures are in place and exemplary marking practice in English has been identified in whole school book checks.
Students’ views and attitudes
Students feel work is challenging and builds on skills. They speak positively about English and the support they receive to improve their work.
There is a positive and purposeful atmosphere within classrooms and students are motivated and keen to do well. They feel safe and supported and can work independently yet are also comfortable working in pairs.
Enrichment and intervention
A systematic programme of intervention is implemented. There are targeted intervention sessions across all key stages as well as tutorials for students in Key Stage 5.
Extra-curricular clubs and opportunities like the 'Pulsar' science fiction club help to promote and support oracy and literacy skills.
Identified students follow the Accelerated Reader and Fresh Start scheme in Years 7 & 8 to help support their literacy needs.
Reading is promoted through lesson time and at various points in the year, including celebrating World Book Day.
There are regular theatre visits organised. Year 10 students have had the opportunity to watch their set text 'Blood Brothers' performed on stage.
In 2016 seven students went on to do an English Literature, Creative Writing or Linguistics course at University.
Developing the new courses at Key Stage 4 for examination in 2017.
Review of the first year of the combined English Language and Literature A Level course and developing the second year.
Further developing of the new Key Stage 3 curriculum with a key focus on literacy skills in line with the new Key Stage 2 examinations.