Our teacher in charge of the KS4 curriculum is Mr Jonathan Girvan

The skills developed whilst studying English are the ones we need daily to communicate effectively in today’s society. It is no surprise then that English is a core subject at GCSE. Currently, our students study for a GCSE in English Language and a GCSE in English Literature with the exam board AQA.

The English Language course encourages pupils to think for themselves and express their ideas confidently and accurately as readers and writers. Students experience reading a variety of novels, poetry, drama, and non-fiction texts, as well as producing pieces of writing in a variety of styles. Class discussion, presentations and role play also play an important role in learning about clear expression, and how to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others.

The English Literature course focuses on the study of fiction, drama and poetry. The aims are to foster an appreciation of literature and the ability to write convincingly and personally about it through close study of texts. Access to filmed versions of the texts will enrich the work we do in class and provide an extra stimulus for discussion and understanding. Through the study of literature - both ‘old’ and ‘new’ - we can learn a great deal about ourselves, human nature and the world we live in.

We have chosen a variety of the exam board’s set texts to teach for GCSE. This, we believe, gives flexibility to teachers and pupils to choose texts according to the nature, ability and interests of each class.

Shakespeare Play

One of:

·         Macbeth

·         Much Ado About Nothing

·         The Merchant of Venice

Pre-nineteenth century novel

One of:

·         Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

·         The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

·         The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Modern Texts

One of:

·         Lord of the Flies by William Golding

·         An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley

·         DNA by Dennis Kelly

In addition pupils study a collection of pre-nineteenth century and modern poetry from the AQA poetry anthology on the theme of Power and conflict. Every pupil receives a copy of this exam board publication in Year 10.