English

 

ENGLISH FACULTY - PHILOSOPHY AND AIMS

Our Departmental Ethos

We believe that children's language is central to their whole educational development. Success and confidence in ideas, expression and imagination together with accurate and articulate communication are the greatest assets we can give our students, to their education as a whole and to our colleagues. We aim, therefore, for a sensitively constructed balance of experiences of language for the student. We should be conscious of the growth of the mind and imagination through English, together with the development of clarity and fluency of expression. We expect students to enjoy their English lessons, to feel they are being challenged and to feel they are learning important skills which can be used across the curriculum and their everyday lives. We are concerned when the aforementioned expectations are not met and we will strive to ensure this is rectified as soon as possible.

Our units of work incorporate the three strands of English as set down by the new National Curriculum: Spoken English, Reading and Writing. All students are given access to the central core of skills required as outlined in the relevant framework for study.

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English Faculty Staff:

Mr M. Sixsmith – Curriculum Leader
Mrs E. Hollingdrake – Raising Achievement Assistant Curriculum Leader
Mrs K. Penn – Key Stage 5 Assistant Curriculum Leader & Media Studies
Miss A. Kirk- Key Stage 4 Assistant Curriculum Leader
Miss R. Kilner- Key Stage 3 Assistant Curriculum Leader
Mrs N. Mitchell- Academy Literacy Co-ordinator
Mr G. Ives- Academy Vice Principal
Ms A. Jolley- Assistant Director of Post 16
Mr G. Rankin- Reflections Co-ordinator
Mr A. Bromley- KS3 Student Guidance Leader
Miss S. Fairman- KS3 Student Guidance Leader
Ms A. Forster- Teaching & Learning Leader
Mrs J. Tye
Mrs S. Allen 
Mr A. Wells
Miss S. Marsh- Higher Learning Teaching Assistant

As a team we believe that:

Each group of students is of equal importance, regardless of ability Every student, regardless of ability, can succeed and leave the Academy with a qualification in English - we believe that every child matters Students should be given opportunities to be independent learners thus developing their self-confidence and self-esteem English lessons should be creative and allow ingenuity from the student It is our responsibility to enhance the efficiency of communication for all our students, both orally and in writing, in preparation for adult life

During their school careers we must also prepare them as effectively as possible to achieve exam success at all key stages:

  • We will strive to establish interest and enthusiasm for reading and for literature within each student
  • We aim to equip our students with the highest levels of literacy possible
  • It is our aim to provide all students with a range of materials which will allow them to develop a balanced consideration of issues such as gender, race, culture and morality
  • The importance of adhering to Academy policies and procedures and to insist on common standards across the faculty

English lessons should adhere to the code for effective practice:

  • Lessons should start on time
  • Students should enter and leave the room in a calm, orderly manner
  • The attention of the student must be focused initially on the teacher
  • We deliver objective-led lessons to ensure every pupil has learnt or developed a key skill for success in English
  • Pupils know what they must do within English to match, improve and exceed their potential
  • Homework is intended to stretch and challenge pupils, building on their learning in lessons

During their school careers we must also prepare them as effectively as possible to achieve exam success at all key stages:

We will strive to establish interest and enthusiasm for reading and for literature within each student We aim to equip our students with the highest levels of literacy possible It is our aim to provide all students with a range of materials which will allow them to develop a balanced consideration of issues such as gender, race, culture and morality The importance of adhering to Academy policies and procedures and to insist on common standards across the faculty

In English we contribute to the delivery of SMSC. For more information on how this is delivered in English please click here 

Click on the KS3 & KS4 banners for curriculum information:

Click Here to view the KS3 Strand Assessment Information

Click Here for the KS3 Curriculum Plan

More information on the GCSE specifications can be found here:

AQA GCSE English Language Course Information (8700) - Click Here  

AQA GCSE English Literature Course Information (8702) - Click Here 

 

At the Y10 Parents GCSE Information Evening, the English Faculty presented further information for students and parents in order to support them through their English course. To access these details please Click Here.

Literacy 

Students will be taught to develop their basic skills in Literacy throughout the year, which they will then be able to improve and embed across the curriculum.

Functional Skills:   The course offers the students a chance to study a diverse range of topics that are designed to stimulate their interest as well as helping them to think and work independently. Each student will be taught how to: speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others; develop their cultural, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual awareness; acquire knowledge and build on what they already know.  The course aims to promote a variety of skills to help the students make a smooth transition from KS3 as well as preparing them for the key skills needed in KS4.

KEY STAGE FIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND MEDIA STUDIES

KS5 Exam Results 


The English Faculty’s A Level Performance in 2016 is significantly above National Average.’ 

At KS5 we offer separate English Language and English Literature courses with AQA.

In Language, students are given the opportunity to create their own texts in addition to learning about language varieties and social influences. Child Language Acquisition in speech and literacy together with Language Change are studied in the second year - click here - Students are currently still offered the opportunity to study for and complete an AS qualification, followed by A2.

In Literature, students study texts such as Birdsong, Journey's End, Othello and Wuthering Heights plus a range of poetry - click here - Students are currently still offered the opportunity to study for and complete an AS qualification, followed by A2.

You’ll learn about how and why authors use language to convey different meanings, develop your evaluative skills and improve your ability to compare different texts. Using pre-twentieth century literature as well as some more modern works, the course examines the cultural and social contexts in which different books were written and encourages the effective use of textual evidence to form cohesive and convincing essay responses.

One of the course’s aims is to encourage students to read widely, and so for this component you will choose, with guidance, texts for a comparative study.

As part of our enrichment, we regularly invite students to participate in extra curricula trips to the theatre, cinema and museums.

In Media Studies, students study the WJEC specification for AS/A2 Media studies. Students explore key issues such as representation, audience and industry.

They also conduct a research investigation, followed by creating a final production piece, in both Years 12 & 13. In Year 12, the investigation is directed to the horror genre but students can choose their own research area in Year 13 - click here 

In Media Studies, students study the WJEC specification for AS/A2 Media studies which allows them to express themselves creatively, as well as develop their analytical and production skills. This is an extremely successful course which achieves fantastic results and positive feedback from the awarding body and Ofsted. Our staff are highly experienced and extremely committed to ensuring their students achieve the best possible outcomes.

Across students’ two years of study they will engage with a wide variety of Media texts from print based formats such as magazines and advertising, to audio/visual formats such as TV, film or music production. From this, students will explore the production process of how these texts have been constructed, as well as examining the significant impact Media texts can have on audiences.

For both pieces of coursework, across the two years, students will research and investigate existing Media texts of your own choice. This research and investigation will then inform their own production pieces where they will produce industry standard texts of their choice. This choice includes print texts, where students will be supported to use editing facilities and programmes, or audio/visual texts where they will use filming, lighting, audio and editing equipment. Click the video links to see some of the A grade audio/visual productions past students have constructed - Video 1 / Video 2

For the examinations, students will analyse specific Media texts, looking at how they have been constructed, how they attract different audiences and how different groups of society are represented within them. These exams will significantly develop students’ analytical, theoretical and essay writing skills.

All audio/visual and editing equipment will be provided by the Academy.  It is not a requirement that students have existing knowledge of how to use this equipment: our skilled staff will teach them all they need to know.

Achievements

At Awards evening in July 2016, the following students were rewarded for their achievements in KS5 English Language, Literature and Media Studies; KS4 English and KS3 English:

Extra-Curricular

The English Faculty have a dedicated revision/ catch-up programme which takes place every Tuesday evening in E1, E2 and E3 for all of Key Stage 4. Students are invited to catch-up after absence, re-visit coursework/controlled assessment or come along for general revision in preparation for their practice and summer examinations.

 The English Faculty also has a creative writing/media club called ‘Cr8.' Students can write, film and edit their own multimedia projects in a collaborative way using the latest Apple hardware and software.

 

Trips and Activities

In addition, the English Faculty is proud to take students on extra-curricular trips such as for Post 16 English Literature:

  • an excursion to The Alahambra Theatre in Bradford to see the acclaimed production of the Pat Barker novel ‘Regeneration’
  • an excursion to West Yorkshire Playhouse to see ‘Birdsong’
  • an excursion to Barnsley Civic Theatre  to see ‘Not About Heroes’
  • a day trip to Howarth on the train and the steam railway to visit the Bronte parsonage
  • a live screening of ‘Othello’ by the RSC at Cineworld, Castleford
  • a live screening of ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ at Cineworld, Castleford
  •  a live screening of ‘An Inspector Calls’ at Cineworld, Castleford
  • a live screening of Kenneth Branagh’s recent adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ starring Richard Madden and Lily James at Cineworld, Wakefield
  • a day trip to the county finals of the ‘National Poetry By Heart’ competition for Key Stage 3 and 4 at Leeds County Hall.

  

Further to this, at KS4, trips to see set texts performed such as ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Macbeth’ offer our students a unique insight into literature.