Communications Faculty

Mr A. BridgeAssistant Principal
Mrs N. Bridge2nd in Faculty (KS4 English Leader)
Mrs Buehler-WilleyTeacher of German
Mrs L. CooperTeacher of English
Miss A GourmelonTeacher of French
Miss A HarcourtKS3 English Leader
Ms L. HurworthLibrarian
Mrs M. SmithTeacher of English/ SENCo
Ms E TaylorEnglish Mentor
Mrs C. TiveyTeacher of English

Our Vision:
Our vision is to engage and challenge students so that they aspire to achieve the highest standards in English and French. We aim to develop a lifelong love of languages and literature, through the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening across both languages. Our goal is to ensure that all students possess the knowledge, skills and understanding to be effective citizens who can make a positive contribution in a global society.

The Curriculum

In year 7 and 8 all students study English for 4 hours per week.

Our delivery model provides full coverage of the national curriculum, and is focussed on developing students’ skills of reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and spoken language. Students study a wide range of different fiction and non-fiction texts, written at different times and in different cultures from across the world. They are taught to draft and craft written texts, covering a variety of genres, and there is a particular focus on developing a strong understanding of grammar and challenging vocabulary. Students also benefit from enhancing their speaking and listening skills through individual, paired and group spoken language tasks. Their experiences through the two years of study provide excellent preparation for success at GCSE level in Key Stage 4.

At KS4, all students have 4 hours per week of English. All students are studying for 2 GCSEs in English Language and English Literature, awarded by the Eduqas exam board.

English Literature:

The Eduqas English Literature course is assessed by 100% examination at the end of Y10. It is made up of 2 exam papers. The first exam, Shakespeare and Poetry, counts for 40% of the course, and lasts for 2 hours. The second exam, Post 1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry, counts for 60% of the course, and lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes. The set texts that we study are:

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by R.L. Stevenson
  • The Poetry Anthology, provided by the exam board

If you would like to buy any of these texts for your child to use at home, please contact the English Faculty as there are specific editions of the text that we would recommend.

English Language:

The Eduqas English Language course is assessed by 100% examination at the end of Year 11. It is made up of 2 exam papers. The first exam, 20th century literature reading and creative prose writing, counts for 40% of the course, and lasts for 1 hour 45 minutes. The second exam, 19th and 21st century non-fiction reading and transactional/persuasive writing, counts for 60% of the course, and lasts for 2 hours. Students also complete a spoken language task, which does not count for the GCSE course, however achievement in spoken language will be reported on.

Students are introduced to French in Year 7 following a Module entitled Self, Family and Friends, where all four key skills are practised and then assessed at the end of the Module via a small presentation.

In Year 8, students study French for two hours a week, with a stronger emphasis on grammar and key sentence structures. Topics covered include: School, Local Area, Holidays, Food and Drink and Freetime Activities. They are taught how to listen for key details in longer spoken extracts, write longer pieces to include preferences and opinions, speak with a degree of accuracy and read longer, authentic texts.

At KS4, students have five hours of French over a two week period. All examinations are conducted at the end of Year 11, awarded by the AQA board and students can either sit Foundation or Higher tier.

All four key skills are continually developed and assessed, with a high emphasis on grammar, throughout the three themes:

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local, National, International and Global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

There are four exams at the end of Year 11, comprised of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, each weighted at 25%. All four exams will cover a variety of the three themes studied.

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