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  • Mrs Helen Turner - Director of English and Literacy
  • Miss F Drummond - Curriculum Team Leader - English & Drama
  • Miss A Shewan
  • Ms K Trenbirth
  • Mrs J Ryder
  • Miss D Brett
  • Miss L Kilgannon
  • Mr D Oakey
  • Miss H Gittins
  • Mrs J Mellor

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Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 course is designed to build on the skills learnt in Key Stage 2 in an enjoyable and exciting way. We ensure that we use a variety of interesting resources alongside media and ICT. Pupils have 7 lessons per fortnight.

At Key Stage 3, we follow an innovative curriculum designed to ensure pupils achieve three levels progress throughout the course. Pupils are not restricted to topics or texts by their year groups. All pupils follow interesting units of work designed to allow them to engage with a variety of texts and develop skills specific to the level of attainment they are working towards.

Pupils are assessed formally once each term. They will also have a number of formative assessments designed to prepare them for their summative assessments. Summative assessment are graded and stored in assessment folders. All assessments allow staff to provide pupils with clear targets to help to inform and support them in making progress. In addition to this, students regularly peer and self-assess their work and receive feedback from teachers. Pupils develop their familiarity of the GCSE marking criteria and expectations throughout the KS3 curriculum.

We believe that reading is as essential skill and something to be enjoyed. Pupils are encouraged to read independently each week and have regular visits to the library to try new fiction and learn research skills. All pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 access the Accelerated Reader programme in their library lessons.

In Year 9, students continue to follow the curriculum, but they also have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the expectations and rigour of the GCSE course. Students will be shown what ‘good’ examples of GCSE work look like and given the opportunity to peer and self-assess, then allowed time to improve their work following the grading of assessments. The end of year exam is in the style of a GCSE paper.

Key Stage 4

All pupils take both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

We provide parents with additional information about how to support pupils with these assessments through our Key Stage 4 Information Evenings in September.

For more information about GCSE English Language please visit the AQA website


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Making English Fun!

We enjoy a number of extra-curricular opportunities in English, these include:

  • Theatre visits
  • Poetry competitions
  • Book quizzes
  • The Cheshire Book Award
  • Reading Champions
  • The Reading Challenge
  • Rotary Club Public Speaking Competition
  • Mock Trial Competitions
  • School Productions
  • The Shakespeare Festival
  • Visits to Sir John Deane’s Performing Arts Department

We also enjoy close links with our partner primary schools and run Master Classes for Year 5 and Year 6 students.