Welcome to the English Department of Blessed Trinity R.C. College.
English is taught in the school by a team of committed subject specialists, who work closely together. We aim to develop each pupil's range of language skills to the full and to foster a love of reading literature.
The subject is taught in groups of pupils of similar abilities. We feel that this system offers the most able pupils the chance to progress rapidly, while allowing us to offer additional support to pupils who require it. All pupils, whatever their abilities, are encouraged to discuss their work with their teachers. Individual advice and guidance are given freely both in and out of class. The progress of all pupils is carefully and regularly monitored, and movement between sets occurs at regular and appropriate intervals.
The English Department sets high standards for all pupils and we encourage our students to be ambitious. We take great pride in the significant progress we see from year to year. Further to this, we offer a range of extra curricula activities to support pupils’ learning.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 the pupils' work involves central skills in: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. These skills are developed through a programme of work which is centred on the study of literary texts, non-literary texts and media. Pupils are assessed every half term on either reading or writing. These assessments are kept in school in the pupil’s assessment folder to demonstrate their progress over the key stage. Further to this, pupils self and peer assess their work to make it clear where their next steps are. Speaking and listening is assessed every half term.
English homework may involve a range of tasks: reading, analysing, researching, planning, learning spelling, checking or illustrating writing and, of course, composition and comprehension. We place great emphasis on the prompt and thoughtful completion of homework tasks as it is integral to the development of a pupil's progress in English.
Key Stage 4 GCSE English Language and Literature
All pupils in year 10 and 11 follow the Eduqas GCSE course in English (Language) and AQA GCSE course in English Literature.
In English Language, pupils will follow a demanding course learning how to read unseen 19, 29 and 21st Century literary and non-literary texts. They will also develop a wide range of writing skills to produce creative and transactional pieces of work. Furthermore, pupils will sit two exam papers, the first lasting one hour forty-five minutes and the second lasting two hours. These papers are no longer tiered; therefore all pupils sit the same paper. Finally, pupils will develop their formal speaking and listening in delivering a formal presentation. This part of the course does not form part of the overall GCSE grade.
In English Literature, will read and study a range of demanding literature ranging from Shakespeare, 19th Century whole novel, a modern novel or play, a poetry anthology and unseen modern poetry comparison. Like the language, this course is final examination and only has one tier. . Furthermore, pupils will sit two exam papers, the first lasting one hour forty-five minutes and the second lasting two hours and fifteen minutes.
Additional Information and Links
The English Team
Mr J Hartley (Head of English)
Mrs F Ali
Mrs M Bainbridge
Mrs A Ellison
Mrs C Fleming (Director of Learning)
Mrs B Halstead (Learning Centre Manager)
Mrs K Hickling
Mrs C Massey
Mrs L Mirfield (Year 8 Leader)
Miss S Moorehead (Assistant Curriculum Leader/Learning Leader)
Mrs H Nolan (Assistant Head)
Mr P Park
Ms K Rishton
Mrs S Woodruff (Assistant Curriculum Leader/ Literacy Coordinator)
2015 Exam Results: A*-C 75% Language - 79% Literature