“Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man” Sir Francis Bacon

In year 9, students will begin work on the GCSE course.  Students will read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts including a novel, a Shakespeare play and various non-fiction articles.  They will also develop writing skills through using these texts as a stimulus.  Through this study, students will undertake GCSE Controlled Assessment and examination-style tasks, some of which may be used towards their final grade.  Towards the end of the year, students will complete Controlled Assessment Speaking and Listening tasks worth 20% of their final GCSE English (single award) or GCSE English Language (double award) grade.

In year 10, students will either study a single award of GCSE English or a double award of GCSE English Language and Literature.  In both courses students will develop understanding of the spoken language through a Spoken Language Study; consider meanings and alternative interpretations in poetry; develop creative writing skills and extended reading skills in Controlled Assessment Tasks (worth 15-20% of the GCSE).  They will also be taught skills necessary for completing unseen sections of the examination.  Students will read a range of texts either for Controlled Assessment (GCSE English) or for both Controlled Assessment and examinations (GCSE English Language and Literature).

In year 11, students will complete their GCSE course, further developing skills taught in Year 10.  They will continue developing creative writing skills; study modern and literary heritage drama and poetry; and continue preparation for external examinations in the summer.   Some students  studying a single award course in GCSE English will study a Functional Skills Programme while those completing a double award in GCSE English Language and Literature will continue to study the GCSE English Literature course, comprising of Poetry; a different cultures novel and a Post 1914 modern drama or prose text for examinations in the summer.