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ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

In the English Department we believe that an important aspect of our role is to develop every student’s sense of self-worth whilst respecting all members of society and their beliefs. We promote a love and a respect of language and literature across all year groups to ensure students’ lives are enriched through a diverse and varied study of texts.

Confident access to language and cultures to which our students belong is their entitlement and the English department strives to enable all students to participate fully in public, cultural, and working life.

Our work as a department aims to provide students with the requisite skills to develop a voice in society that is unique, clear, reflective and respectful of others in both the written and the spoken word.

KS3

English in Year 9 is a vibrant and popular subject comprising Language, Literature, and Drama. All these aspects of the subject are integral parts of the final year of KS3. A skills-based approach is taken throughout the year to prepare students for their end of year exam and to prepare them for their next step into the GCSE courses.

KS4

In Years 10 and 11 students are prepared for their GCSEs in English Language and Literature for which we follow the AQA Specification. Although the examination board separates English Language and English Literature we teach them as elements of the same lessons to ensure blended learning so that students have the opportunity to practise a range of skills throughout the courses.

KS5

The department offers English Literature, English Language and Film Studies to A Level. Each A level set is shared by two teachers. The minimum entry requirement for these courses is two Grade Cs in English Language and English Literature.

BEYOND THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM

Extra-curricular activities include:-

Creative Writing Competitions

This is your opportunity to indulge your creative writing talent and win prizes in a wide range of exciting competitions throughout the year.

Carnegie Shadowing & Worcestershire Teen Book Award

Get involved with other students to form a panel of judges to decide which of the shortlisted novels for young people should win the Worcestershire Teen Book Award and the prestigious Carnegie Award each year.

Local and National Competitions

Where possible, we provide opportunities for students to take part in competitions such as Evesham’s Festival of Words. Foyle Young Potet of the Year, and other writing competitions.

Theatre Trips

Where possible, we try to provide opportunities for students to see a text performed. In recent years, we have been fortunate to see A Christmas Carol and Othello, Jekyll and Hyde, An Inspector calls.

Cultural Trips

To compliment students’ understanding of texts, we endeavour to take them to physical locations where they are set. In A Level Literature, we offer students the opportunity to visit Haworth whilst we study Jane Eyre and we also offer students the chance to visit the battlefields in Belgium to help further their understanding of WW1 as we study texts such as Regeneration, My Boy Jack and a collection of Wilfred Owen’s War Poetry.

Staff

Head of Department: Mr D Findlay
Deputy Head of Department: Mr R Kitson
Asst Deputy Head of Department: Mrs A Lee (in charge of Film Studies)
Teaching Staff: Mrs N Barker
Mr M Cain
Mrs M Cook
Mrs J Fryer
Ms H Gillespie
Mrs S Hall
Mrs G Hobbiss
Ms M Maurice
Mrs L Rowthorn
Mrs C Webb
Mr M Winters
Sept 2019