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English / Media

The English and Media Department aims to provide a stimulating, dynamic and academically rigorous experience for all our students. To this end, we are dedicated to leading innovation within English and Media teaching and to forging strong links with other departments. 

English and English Literature are studied at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. English Language and Literature and Media Studies are additionally offered as specialist subjects at AS and A-Level. 

The English and Media Department is proud of the achievement of its students, with GCSE results above the national average. We are committed to fostering a love of our subject through the enthusiasm and expertise of our specialist staff. At the heart of our curriculum is an emphasis on oracy, creativity, independence and critical thinking. We place a high value on each student's personal response.

Stimulating creativity and thought beyond the curriculum is an important focus for the English and Media Department. We encourage students to enter national creative and critical competitions, and value the achievement and participation of all our students.

Accommodation, Resourcing and Facilities

There are nine specialist English and Media teachers. The department is housed in a self-contained block with seven classrooms. It is equipped with its own computer suite and interactive whiteboards, and a growing range of ICT resources. 

Extra-curricular provision: Currently we offer a creative writing club for all year groups, participation in the reading champions programme, coursework and revision clinics.

 

Curriculum 

Key Stage 3: Students learn in mixed ability groups and follow the National Curriculum. We embed Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills throughout the curriculum in order to enhance learning. We value drama in English and the important role that it has to play in developing higher order skills and allowing students to formulate original interpretations of complex texts. Students are given the opportunity to experience theatre productions, workshops from professional writers and other activities that enrich their experience of English.

Please see below for a recommended reading list for students in KS3.

Key Stage 4: At GCSE, we follow the AQA specification for English Literature and Language. Students have 6 hourly lessons per fortnight where the successes of KS3 are built upon. Independence and exploratory thought continue to be developed as students study a range of stimulating non-fiction, prose, poetry and drama texts. 

Key Stage 5: English Literature, English Language and Literature and Media A and AS Levels are popular with students. We follow the AQA courses for each of these subjects ensuring stretch and challenge is embedded throughout.