Students will be transported back to Jacobean and Victorian England as they explore a range of texts over the key stages; Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde, Scrooge, Shakespeare’s Weird Sisters are to name but a few of the frightening characters they will meet throughout their time in English…
In addition to this, students will learn how to write effectively and articulately in a myriad of styles. For example, structuring an argument on what grinds their gears: T.V adverts, babies crying or teachers making them work in silence? Students also learn how to how to consciously craft their writing, thinking as a writer and actively manipulating language and structure for effect.
Our ‘Keys to Success’ literacy programme ensures students learn the basics to help them, not only in English, but across the whole curriculum. Students enjoy English because it is varied, fast-paced and fun. Every student is inspired to believe in their potential and to aim high.
It’s not only English lessons that are exciting at the academy: English teachers also fully immerse themselves in a range of English and Literacy-themed events throughout the year, including World Book Day where staff from all departments pull out all the stops to come to school dressed as literary characters.
The English department hosts many extra-curricular clubs including a Literary Critic’s Club and Key Stage 3 Reading Club, both of which are very popular with our students.