Our aim is to deliver a curriculum that is inclusive so that all students have the opportunity to build upon knowledge and skills acquired at primary school. The English curriculum is designed to value, motivate and challenge learners so that they become effective, confident thinkers and communicators throughout their lives. We encourage students to develop as team players, negotiators, problem solvers and again effective communicators while they develop a greater understanding of, and empathy with, the world around them.
In years 7, 8 and 9, students focus on developing their reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills, in preparation for the GCSE course.
Due to this focus on skills, students’ levels will vary depending on the current skills that they are developing. For example, they might be working on writing skills in the first term, an area that they find easy; however, they could then find the reading skills more challenging: the levels given will reflect this. At the end of each year, the department look at the achievement of students across each of the equally weighted three key areas (writing, reading and speaking and listening) and then come to an overall grade. This is in-line with the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency assessment requirements.