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English

The English department is a dynamic, original and ambitious department whose mission is to get the best out of every single student of the subject.

Head of Department: Mrs Battershill

English Teachers: Mr A Griffin

          Miss M Kidson

          Mr K Wright (Film and Media)

          Mrs R King (Assistant Head of Durham House)

          Mr T Kendry

          Mr R Nicklin (Assistant Vice Principal)

          Mr D Fredrickson

          Miss K Clarke

Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Clements

Associate English Teacher: Miss N Zimbalatti

The department comprises of seven, all equipped with interactive whiteboards and visualisers. In addition there is a spacious area within the classrooms where students can work independently . The department is well resourced with a wide range of specialist materials. It also has a range of technological resources including a class set of laptop computers.

Anyone’s native language is fundamental to their personal, social and cultural identities – as a world and national language English is one of the most important means of communication humanity has evolved.  Learning in English is also vital in supporting children and young people to recognise and value the ways in which they can succeed in different contexts throughout their lives.

Learning in, through and about English enables children and young people to:

  • Be creative and express themselves in different ways.
  • Experience enjoyment and contribute to other people’s enjoyment through creative and expressive work.
  • Articulate critical and analytical opinions
  • Develop important skills that are not only specific to the subject but also  cross-curricular and extra-curricular.

Develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values, identities and ideas which will serve as pathways to successful adulthood and future careers, whilst readying some  for advanced learning.

 

Key Stage 3

At key stage 3 students’ progress through varied and challenging projects that enable them to experience a wide range of starting points, materials and techniques.

In Year 7 students currently learn about Shakespeare, Myths and Legends, Travels in a Strange Land, The Art of Rhetoric, and the Novel for 5 terms before studying for exams in the final term.  3 grammatical modules are spread across 2 of these schemes.

In Years 8 and 9, the grammatical focus is similarly structured.  Year 8’s current modules are Romance, Drama, Religion and Allegory, Mystery and Investigation; Year 9’s are the World of Magic, the Gothic Tradition, War Poetry, the Novel and Fight for Freedom.

The focus on these modules is thematic, so although some texts are recommended, provided there is a balanced reading programme the direction individual classes take is in part down to the class teacher’s choice.

In Years 7 and 8, the Accelerated Reader programme that is run by All Saints’ Academy allows students to track their reading in a personalised and progressive way.

 

GCSE

In key stage 4, students are completing EDUCAS GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE and ENGLISH LITERATURE courses in Year 10 and the IGCSE English Language and / EDEXCEL English Literature courses in Year 11. These exciting courses offer students the opportunity to forge differing levels of competence and expertise in Writing, Reading and Speaking and Listening.  

Year 10, students are beginning their GCSEs either by studying Shakespeare or by examining similar nineteenth and twenty-first century texts.

In Year 11, students are either practising their exam skills or completing their coursework in readiness for the double-entry qualifications they can gain at GCSE.

 

A-Level

At Key Stage 5, students are completing wjec and edexcel A levels in two subjects:  English Language and English Language and Literature.

At AS and A2, English Literature is comprised of a wealth of canonical texts across poetry, prose and drama.  Students chiefly are assessed on their ability to read in sufficient depth to be able to interpret meaning based on how they quote, contextualise, analyse and deconstruct in their written responses to source materials.

As points of difference, the English Language and Literature course explores the science of Linguistics as well as affording students greater creative scope in their creative writing, without removing the analytical component that is a thoroughgoing feature of English Literature.

A love of language almost for its own sake is a prerequisite of these subjects as is a love of ideas, themes and dilemmas and their exploration in stories. These subjects will teach you how to be precise in your articulation of sophisticated thought.

 

Extra Curricular

The First Story project has seen many students from All Saints' attend weekly workshops with professional writers as well as interviews with designers, trips to museums and sessions at Oxford University.  All of the students who complete a consent form get their work published each year.   

The English Department aims to expand students’ artistic horizons beyond the classroom by attending plays and helping to stage productions with the Drama team. 

This department has no limits to its ambitions for its students or itself.

 

Future Possibilities

After A-Levels students can move into higher education, English degrees and other degrees.  An English degree is viewed by Higher Education as a cachet on any applicant’s CV. 

An English Degree makes the world your oyster: perhaps barring rocket science and Quantum Mechanics. Common careers following a degree in English inlcude; journalism, publishing, advertising and education are the most common professional routes that are taken.