Pupils

English

Staff · Hannah King, Head of English

  • Emily Anderson (AND), Teacher of English and Drama
  • Ellie Cole (CLE), Teacher of English and Drama
  • Peter Collinson (CLS), Teacher of English, Deputy Head of English
  • Jenny Fletcher (FLE), Teacher of English, member of SLT (Senior Leadership Team)
  • Adam Gleed (GLE), Teacher of English
  • Hannah King (KIN), Teacher of English, Head of English
  • Grace O’Reilly (ORE), Teacher of English and Drama
  • Philip Smedley (SME), Teacher of English, Head of Media and Drama
  • Georgina Soanes (SOA), Teacher of English and Media, Joint Acting Head of English
  • Rosalind Thacker (THA), Teacher of English, member of Pastoral Team

Curriculum

KS3

As a department, our philosophy is that KS3 English should develop students’ key communication skills (reading, writing and speaking) as well as helping them to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage. We believe that the best way to help students learn is to engage and interest them in a range of different texts (both fiction and non-fiction). Across KS3, we aim to support students as they explore a range of different styles of writing, from various genres and writers.

Students will learn about the following:

Year 7:

  • Genre Study: Adventure and Fantasy
  • Prose: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
  • Poetry: Nature
  • Non-Fiction: What makes us human?
  • Drama: Pullman’s adaptation of Frankenstein

Year 8:

  • Genre Study: Dystopia
  • Poetry: War
  • Non-Fiction: The News
  • Prose: Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men
  • Drama: Shakespeare’s Richard III

Year 9:

  • Genre Study: The Gothic
  • Non-Fiction: The Language of Protest
  • Drama: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night OR Much Ado About Nothing
  • Prose: Orwell’s Animal Farm
  • Non-Fiction: Crime and Justice in Victorian England

We aim to prepare students for their GCSE studies but believe that KS3 should not be a diluted version of Years 10 and 11. When assessing work, we focus on students’ attitude to learning (effort, independence, understanding, recall and ability to communicate) rather than grading work.

KS4

AQA GCSE English language (8700) and English literature (8702)

The new syllabi provide students with a rich and varied experience. The language papers focus on the craft of the writer in seminal twentieth-century fiction and the comparative study of non-fiction writers and their viewpoints. Both papers include a writing question which requires pupils to adapt their writing to different purposes.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar now comprises 20% of the overall GCSE English language qualification.

Spoken language is still an important element of English but it is no longer assessed as part of the GCSE.  It is a requirement of the exam board that all students complete the speaking task and video evidence must be provided. Students will receive a separate certificate for their achievement in speaking. 

The literature papers include the study of a Shakespeare text, a modern drama, a poetry anthology, a nineteenth-century text and unseen poetry.

Recommended Learning Links for GCSE

KS5

AQA GCE English language 7702

A level English language is a challenging but fascinating course which provides students with a range of valuable transferrable skills. Students will explore language use in a range of different contexts and situations, such as how our language differs depending on where we live as well as our gender. The course will also develop sound analytical skills and help students to become more aware of their own language use. Students are able to produce their own original writing and commentaries, explore a language issue of their own choosing and, in Year 13, study language change and child language acquisition.

Recommended learning links for A level English language:

AQA GCE English literature A (7712)

A level English literature provides a range of challenging and thought-provoking texts, which are considered from an historicist approach. For this, you will explore the origins of literature, from the Bible and Ancient Greek Drama and track the development of the genres of drama, poetry and prose to the modern day.

The course includes the study of a Shakespeare text, poetry, prose and drama. As part of the A level, students also produce an independent critical study, which allows them to pursue their own interests in reading. Students need to be prepared to read widely and independently.

Recommended learning links for A level English literature:


Lessons

We aim to provide challenging and inspiring lessons in which all students are fully involved in their learning. Students will find themselves involved in individual tasks as well as group work and undertake a wide variety of learning activities.


Successes

We are very proud of our results – for example, A level results are consistently good; the literature results are frequently within the top 5% in the country. August 2016 saw our highest ever achievement at GCSE with almost 80% A*-C. The school’s motto is ‘comprehensive excellence’ and we firmly believe in each pupil and student achieving their best.


Experiences

We always look for opportunities to enhance students’ learning with experiences outside the classroom. Students have participated in activities such as workshops from local writers and theatre companies; theatre performances in school, Norwich, Cambridge and London; talks by famous authors such as Charlie Higson and Darren Shan; events for National Poetry Day and World Book Day; public speaking competitions and many extra-curricular revision classes. The department is passionate about developing reading and works closely with the library to support students in this.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.

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