Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7 and 8 cover a wide variety of topic areas and learn varied skills. Year 7 and 8 are assessed using specific assessment focuses. Pupils have two reading assessments and two writing assessments per year. Both year groups study a good variety of topics including poetry, media, texts from other cultures and study of our literary heritage.

Key Stage 4

The English GCSE course is through external examination only. It is as follows:

English Language

Paper 1- Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
1 hour 45 minutes; 50% of the GCSE
Section A: one literature fiction text; Section B: descriptive writing

Paper 2- Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
1 hour 45 minutes; 50% of the GCSE
Section A: one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text; Section B: writing to present a viewpoint

English Literature

Paper 1- Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
1 hour 45 minutes; 40% of the GCSE
Section A: Shakespeare (Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet); Section B: The 19th Century Novel (A Christmas Carol or Frankenstein)

Paper 2- Modern Texts and Poetry
2 hours 15 minutes; 60% of the GCSE
Section A: Modern Texts; Section B: Poetry; Section C: Unseen Poetry

The Library

Our library is what is known as the ‘Heart of our School’. All English groups have one reading lesson a week in this room with Mrs. Thompson (Librarian). Homework Club also offers support to those that may need extra help within subject areas.

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