Welcome to English! In the English Department we feel passionately about the crucial role English has in education and society. A high-quality education in English will teach students to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and, through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
Through reading in particular, students have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading enables students both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
Our vision as a department is to foster students who have developed strong skills in reading and writing; we wish to develop individuals who can read, write and communicate fluently and with confidence.
All students have five fifty minute English lessons a week. Each week, students will have one Long Write lesson devoted to writing skills and developing enjoyment of writing.
In Key Stage 3, units of work change according to term and these units will cover a novel, a play, poetry and the type of sources that students will encounter in their GCSEs. Students will study both pre and post 1914 texts.
In Key Stage 4, students are prepared for GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. Both of these are 100% final examination and require students to respond to a range of texts and write for a variety of purposes and audiences.
At Key Stage 5, students study for AS level over their two years. The focus of this study is ‘Love Through the Ages’ and students study a range of Literature texts in preparation for this.
Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities
St Edmund’s Catholic School library is available to all students and offers a well-stocked and up-to-date catalogue as well as a quiet space for students to enjoy reading. Year 7 students are encouraged by regular library lessons and reading logs to celebrate their reading. The library runs competitions and clubs to enhance the enjoyment of the library as well as bringing in local authors each year to work with students.
The English Department offers theatre trips to support learning and for pure enjoyment.
There is also a Key Stage 3 and 4 Book Club on offer to students together with a Creative Writing Club.