English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all aspects of school life. The English department at Fred Longworth is staffed by 10 specialist teachers who teach in a suite of rooms on the English block. Our aim is to provide pupils with access to excellent teaching and engaging, purposeful learning that will enable them to make good progress throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.
In studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will draw upon for the rest of their lives. In the English classroom pupils make use of a wide range of techniques to express themselves effectively in a variety of situations.
We strive to make learning enjoyable, motivating and challenging. Each of our classrooms is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and the staff work collaboratively in creating and sharing innovative teaching materials to engage pupils in lessons. We are a well-resourced department and have access to our own suite of computers on the block.
Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum maps have recently been updated, in line with the changes to Key Stage 4 syllabuses and to our assessment pathways. Students in Y7, 8 and 9 receive 3 or 4 lessons a week and are encouraged to be actively involved in their own learning. They are now placed on the most appropriate pathway for progression, in an integrated Y7-Y11 curriculum, towards their Key Stage 4 terminal examinations. The assessment objectives (AOs) for English are used to assess students’ strengths and weaknesses. Both staff and students also use the different AOs when it comes to target setting.
Each year is organised into a series of core units that pupils are assessed on throughout the year. Students’ progress is monitored throughout the year by staff and work is differentiated to enable each student to reach their full potential
Key Stage 4
In the current Y11, students receive 3 or 4 lessons a week and follow two separate GCSE pathways: P and N Bands are entered for two separate GCSE examinations: English Language and English Literature. O and M band students were entered for English Literature in Y10, and are entered for English Language only. P, O and some of M band are entered for examination with Eduqas, whilst N band and some of M band are entered for the iGCSE qualification. These syllabuses involve controlled assessments or coursework assignments as well as terminal examinations. Students must complete a series of oral activities and performances, but these do not count towards the final GCSE grade.
Beginning with the current Y10, and from now on with each year group, major changes take effect. Assessment in both English Language and English Literature will now be by terminal examination only, with two examinations in each subject. Students will have 3 or 4 lessons a week and follow the same untiered GCSE syllabus, differentiated within each band to ensure that all can access the examinations. Students must complete a series of oral activities and performances, but these do not count towards the final English Language GCSE grade. There is no longer a controlled assessment or coursework element, which will enable us to focus during the whole of the key stage on the reading and writing skills examined in Y11.
- Mrs S Lewis – (Head of Faculty)
- Mr A Hibbert – (Head of Key Stage 4)
- Ms L Davenport – (Lead Practitioner)
- Mrs K Doherty – (Teacher of English)
- Mrs J Morris – (Teacher of English)
- Mrs E Prescott – (Teacher of English)
- Mrs M Carson – (Teacher of English)
- Miss E Rochford – (Teacher of English)
- Miss K Kenny – (Teacher of English)
- Miss L Blaney – (Teacher of English)
- Eduqas (Welsh Board) English Language
- Eduqas (Welsh Board) English Literature
- AQA GCSE English Language
- AQA GCSE English Literature
- iGCSE English Language
WHERE WILL THIS SUBJECT TAKE ME?
Current Y11 students need English Language as one of their “5” (5 GCSE passes at C or above, including English and Maths). English Literature is a valued GCSE qualification in its own right and of course counts as one of the “other 3”, for those who pass English Language and Maths. English Literature is excellent preparation for further academic study, as A-level involves the study of literature in depth. Both will enhance your CV for whatever you decide to go ahead to do.
For current Y10 students, and from now on, English Language and English Literature count equally with every other GCSE examination.
Click to see the ‘Curriculum Plan‘ for English.