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Faculty Overview

The English Faculty is situated in the Aisling building in six dedicated English classrooms. Here we employ both traditional and innovative methods to match the needs of all our students.

The National Curriculum identifies the three main areas of language learning as Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Our task as teachers of English is to allow the development of these areas of learning by providing varied, stimulating and demanding situations and experiences for our students so that each individual is encouraged to reach and maintain the highest level of attainment, commensurate with his or her ability.

The study of literature extends our students’ awareness of the world and develops their skills of critical analysis, empathy and discrimination.

It is a genuine love of language and literature that motivates us in our drive for progress. We draw from students’ own interests and experiences to give further support to lesson material in order to develop – and enjoy – English for life.

English Faculty Staff

Mrs C. Barlow

 Director of English

Mrs N.Gill

Assistant Director of English

Mr J Taylor

Teacher of English, Head of House, Professional Mentor

Miss L.Lakin

Teacher of English

Miss L Riley

Teacher of English

 KS3 English

At Key Stage 3 (in Year 7 and 8) we teach in 8 week schemes that balance a range of reading and writing skills. We assess twice each half term, formatively and summatively, upon these particular skills, so that over the academic year we ensure a wide range of techniques and approaches have been covered. Typically, a student will have three lessons of writing and one reading lesson a week.  Equally, within English, Literacy is taught focussing upon improving any gaps in knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

KS4 English

At Key Stage 4 we follow the WJEC / Eduqas syllabi for English Language and English Literature. We begin our studies in Year 9 in order to cover the Literature texts thoroughly. In Year 10 we are following the new GCSE syllabus Grades 1-9 focussing upon developing the skills needed for the examinations in 2018. Assessment is again formative and summative in a half termly approach building up to full exam responses as the year progresses. In Year 11 we continue to build upon knowledge of Literature texts and exam style responses as the year develops. There are two mock exam periods within Year 11 where we test our students upon full exam papers in preparation for the final exams in June. 


“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine.”

Emily Dickinson (poet)


“Words are our most inexhaustible form of magic”

Albus Dumbledore  (fictional headteacher and wizard)