The English Faculty consists of English, Media Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies
The English Faculty believes in the concept of excellence for all and provides an English curriculum which offers all learners with the opportunity to develop their own unique talents and realise their full potential.
- To develop their speaking and listening skills through the use of language in a wide variety of situations and contexts.
- To develop their reading skills and encourage an awareness of the value of text (both literary and non-literary) and its influence on the individual, giving them enjoyment of a wide range of texts and other stimulus materials and therefore access to the whole curriculum.
- To develop their writing skills and give them the opportunity to write for real purposes so that they understand that there are different forms of writing for different purposes and audiences, and that they can only communicate effectively through the accuracy, structure and clarity of the written word.
- To prepare our students for the challenges of external examinations: GCSE English, GCSE English and English Literature, A Level English Literature and A Level English Language.
Accommodation and Resources
The majority of the English Faculty is accommodated in suited rooms on one corridor in the Austen Block. There are display boards in every classroom and along the corridor that connects them. All rooms have interactive whiteboards and we make great use of these facilities. These offer teaching via specialist IWB software, PowerPoint presentations, use of the internet and more besides.
The English Faculty enjoys excellent links with the school library and regularly participates in activities such as the annual Litfest, Book Idol, visiting authors and the Accelerated Reading Programme.
The English Faculty has a wide range of texts and resources for use at both KS3, KS4 and KS5.
Key Stage 3
Through their KS3 studies, students become immersed within a variety of different contexts and cultures. In Year 7 and 8, our learners follow a Mastery curriculum that provides a challenging, exciting progression from their KS2 studies. This ranges from Crime to Myths and Legends and there is particular emphasis on grammar for writing skills and 19th century literature. Students are exposed to a breadth of fascinating literature from poetry to plays, non-fiction and fiction. Within Year 9, students follow a ‘bridging curriculum’ in order to fully prepare them for this GCSEs. Students follow a pathway parallel to the curriculum at KS4. This is an important year in consolidating key skills needed for success.
Key Stage 4
From September 2016 students will follow the AQA specification in English Language and Literature. Students are taught in ability groups and we have a 100% entry policy. GCSE examination results for English and English Literature are outstanding. Media Studies GCSE is also offered which follows the WJEC specification; this is a very popular option subject for students at KS4.
Students follow the AQA Syllabus for both AS and A2 Levels in English Language and English Literature. Both of the subjects are excellent subjects which enhance a variety of courses offered at University and in the workplace. Media studies is also offered, both as A level and BTEC.
The English Faculty welcomes new staff and offers the following opportunities:
- A visit to the faculty before taking up a post.
- Observations and team teaching with other members of the Department.
- Full involvement in collaborative planning and reviewing of materials, courses, and all aspects of the faculty’s work.
- An English Faculty based mentor.
As a faculty we try to offer a wide range of theatre trips and visiting companies, either as part of the Drama curriculum or to complement the English curriculum.
Most recently Year 11 students were offered the opportunity to see “A View From A Bridge” whilst year 12 and 13 students have been to see a variety of performances which have enriched their study of Theatre Studies and English Literature as well as popular University lecture days to enhance their subject knowledge for English Language.
Within school, students can attend our popular creative writing or book groups or become a member of our growing and competitive debating society.
Our most recent extra curricular project has involved KS3 students participating in Birmingham’s ‘Big Read’ project. Students have produced creative writing pieces describing the importance of reading for pleasure. Across the school, students designed the artwork for a bench based on these creative writing pieces. The winning design is on display in Grand Central, opposite John Lewis, in Birmingham city centre (summer 2016).
The faculty also offers a popular film making course during activities week.