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
Mr K Wright (Head of Film)
Mrs R King
Mr R Nicklin (Assistant Vice Principal)
Mrs Cummings (Vice Principal)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Clements
The department consists of seven specialist classrooms, and is well resourced with a huge range of texts from across the world and across the ages. The department displays examples of outstanding work both to inspire and to celebrate the fullness of our curriculum.
Anyone’s native language is fundamental to their personal, social and cultural identity. As the primary lingua-franca of the world, English is one of the most important means of communication humanity has evolved. The skills developed through learning in English are 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.
Key Stage 3
At key stage 3, students progress through varied and challenging topics that enable them to experience a wide range of starting points, materials and techniques.
In Year 7 students currently learn about Shakespeare, Creative Writing, The Romantic Poets, Media and the Modern World, and the Novel for five terms before exploring non-fiction communication in the final term. Three grammatical modules are spread across two of these schemes.
In Years 8 and 9, the grammatical focus is similarly structured. Year 8 current modules are Epic poetry, Drama, Religion and Allegory, and Mystery and Investigation. Year 9 study the World of Magic, the Gothic Tradition, writing to persuade, and GCSE Shakespeare and poetry.
The entire curriculum is modular, which allows individual classes to operate at different paces. The themes and skills covered are always the same, but the methods and medium are likely to vary by class. We aim to provide each student with a comprehensive and personalised experience of English.
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.
In Key Stage 4, students are completing EDUQAS GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE and ENGLISH LITERATURE courses. These exciting courses offer students the opportunity to explore a wide range of extremely challenging material and to demonstrate high levels of competency in writing for a variety of purposes. The new GCSE courses are assessed exclusively through examinations.
Year 10 sees students covering the literature content for the first time. We read a Shakespeare play, a 19th Century novel, a 20th Century text and the whole poetry anthology. This literature-first approach has two significant benefits. First, it allows students to develop and practise the skills of English language in their analysis of the texts, and secondly, it provides a secure base for detailed textual analysis in Y11.
In Year 11, students review the literature texts and simultaneously work on analysing non-fiction writing. They also refine and secure their skills of creative writing.
At A Level, students study for an Eduqas A-Level in English Language and Literature.
The 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. It is comprised of a wealth of canonical texts across poetry, prose and drama. Students are mainly 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.
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.
After A-Levels, students can move into higher education to study a wide range of English degrees as well as degrees in many other subjects.
An English Degree makes the world your oyster. Common careers following a degree in English include: journalism, publishing, advertising and education, although really the possibilities are endless.