Department Profile

The English department consists of a number of full-time members of staff, many of whom have additional responsibilities, either within the department or across the school, providing the team with a very clear understanding of whole school priorities and opportunities to develop English skills across the curriculum.

Our priority is to provide all our students with the opportunity to develop their confidence in all forms of communication. Reading is also a high priority and, as such, we develop all of our schemes of learning around a wide range of literature, allowing our students to achieve the highest possible grades at the end of their study. We understand the challenge students face with the new curriculum in English and have made changes to the learning plans for all year groups so that they will be fully prepared when sitting their GCSE exams.

Curriculum Overview

 We teach Years 7 and 8 in mixed-ability groups. Such is the range of activities, skills and understanding which is required of pupils in English lessons, that it would be unrealistic to assume a generalised level of ability across them all. Mindful of this, we use a variety of teaching strategies to cater for all ability levels in a group. Getting the best out of everyone means providing everyone with a wide range of tasks, together with experience and stimulus for all kinds of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

In Years 9 to 11 pupils are placed into sets according to ability. At the end of the respective year movement between sets is possible and all pupils are assessed regularly to enable this to occur.  As far as possible, there is continuity of teachers from the beginning of Year 10 until the end of Year 11, unless pupils move sets or teachers leave the school.

At GCSE level we study both English language and English literature, each of which are awarded as separate qualifications.

At GCE level we study English literature. We are discussing this provision and may offer English language for GCE in the future.

The English Faculty also offers GCSE and A Level Media Studies.

Please see the published year guides for further more specific details on our curriculum and assessment processes.

Outside of the Classroom 

Whilst attainment is key, we also want our students to engage with English in a variety of ways outside of the classroom. For 7 years, we have participated in the national schools Shakespeare festival, which gives students an opportunity to perform on a public stage to a paying audience. We have also participated in the BBC school news report, with some great success.

Other opportunities include theatre visits, writing workshops, author visits, debating and many more. We will continue to update you with new opportunities throughout the year.

Department Staff 

  • Mrs M Parkinson – Senior achievement leader for English
  • Miss K Ellis – Assistant achievement leader for English
  • Miss L Worsley – Teach First English teacher
  • Mrs S Dowd – English teacher
  • Mr A McCambridge – Director of communication
  • Mrs J Scott – Assistant headteacher
  • Miss K Sweeney – Deputy headteacher
  • Miss R Lowndes – Senior teaching and learning mentor
  • Miss Metcalfe – Director of Literacy
  • Mr McKenny – Teacher of English
  • Mr Dawson – Teach First English teacher
  • Mr Dalby – English Progress Leader

Additional English support teachers:

  • Miss J Henshall – Achievement leader for foundation learning
  • Mrs R Wright – Achievement leader for sixth form
  • Mr N Walker – Teaching and learning coach
  • Mrs N Winder – Assistant achievement leader for Y7


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