English in Key Stage 4 develops on the skills that students have learnt in Key Stage 3, but has a more academic focus, with the aim being that all students sit the GCSE in English language and English literature at the end of year 11.
Students complete the majority of their work for English Language in year 10, preparing for the exam by reading and responding to a wide variety of texts and producing writing in a variety of styles.
In year 11 the focus switches to English literature where students study:
- Romeo and Juliet
- An Inspector Calls
- A Christmas Carol
- Poetry of Power and Conflict.
However, we recognise that GCSE may not be right for every student, so we also offer Functional Skills qualifications in English at level 1 and level 2. We currently use AQA for all of our English qualifications.