English at The Grange aims to unleash our students' imaginations and their passion for reading through delivering a creative and challenging curriculum with literature at its heart.
The English Department focuses on delivering a creative and challenging curriculum with literature at its heart. At Key Stage 3, the curriculum is themed by literary genre. For example, students’ skills in reading and writing are developed through an exploration of the fantasy genre in Year 7 and the gothic genre in Year 8. The study of English is the foundation of essential communication skills and our Key Stage 3 curriculum also aims to improve the quality of writing through regular interactive grammar and spelling tasks. In Year 8 and Year 9, students who require additional support in these skills are given the opportunity of additional English lessons instead of studying a second Modern Foreign Language.
At GCSE, we follow the AQA specification for English Language and English Literature and at A Level we follow the AQA A specification for English Literature.
Staff in the English Department go above and beyond to support the individual needs of students and ensure that all achieve their potential. The dedication and experience of staff, high expectations, and small class sizes ensure that examination results at GCSE and A Level are consistently excellent. The department offers weekly support for students outside of lessons through Extra English and GCSE Revision sessions.
We offer a range of enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom to inspire, enrich and expand students’ knowledge of English in all key stages:
We recognise the intellectual, personal, moral, and cultural enrichment that reading offers and strive to foster a lifelong pleasure for reading through our curriculum and co-curricular opportunities such as reading challenges and the Carnegie Book Club.
For students joining us in Year 7, you can see an example of an English Assessment paper below.