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Year 9:

During Year 9 students study a range of literary and non-literary texts across a range of different writers, genres, forms and contexts.  Students also engage in a range of speaking and listening activities in line with National Curriculum guidelines.  The course followed is designed to prepare students for GCSE and to foster an environment where students can become productive and independent learners.


Year 10 & Year 11:

Course Leader:    Mr C. Thompson

All students will follow two distinct GCSE courses that separate English into its two component areas. Both courses are assessed entirely by external examinations taken at the end of Year 11. These are untiered meaning that all students do the same examination papers.  Students will be graded on the new 9-1 scale.

GCSE English Language

English Language involves the study and analysis of a range of different types of text.

Paper 1 - Explorations in creative reading and writing
This first section of this paper tests students’ reading of extracts from challenging English literary texts. This leads into second section which tests narrative or descriptive writing skills. The paper tests both reading for understanding and the ability to communicate accurately using written Standard English. 

Paper 2 - Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
This paper tests students’ reading of literary and non-literary non-fiction texts. These texts will often be taken from older sources from as far back as 1800. This leads into the second section which tests writing to present a viewpoint. 

GCSE English Literature

Paper 1 - Shakespeare and the 19th century novel

This paper involves the study of a Shakespeare play and a British novel written between 1800 and 1900. The exam involves answering two timed essay questions. 

Paper 2 - Modern prose/drama, poetry selection and unseen poetry
This involves studying either a drama text or prose text classified as ‘modern’. This is followed by a study of a collection of themed poetry. Finally students learn to appreciate and analyse unseen poetry. The examination involves three timed essay questions. 

Placing students in their appropriate class 

Students are taught in ability streams. Every effort is made to place students in the most appropriate class to help them gain the best possible GCSE result. Progress and attainment during Key Stage 3 are taken into account, and class teachers will also make more personalised recommendations from work produced during Year 9. During the first term of Year 10 all groups will do similarly focussed work. Results from this will help confirm and finalise class choices.