Our years 7, 8 and 9 courses are closely aligned to the English national curriculum and are designed to: –
The national curriculum separates the teaching of English into the following main areas: speaking and listening, reading and writing. We recognise that these areas inform one another and are best taught as a coherent and connected learning experience. We have designed an engaging curriculum which supports learning, whilst incorporating the national literacy strategy for English.
Pupils follow thematic units of work, which are designed to develop all their English skills. Literature is studied alongside and, where appropriate, as part of each unit of work. Whenever possible the pupils’ work is designed for a wider audience than simply the teacher; publication and display are seen as being crucial to developing good writing and effective communicators.
We aim to develop an appreciation and love of reading and include a wide range of fiction and non-fiction in our courses from whole books, short stories, poems and plays from a variety of genres, historical periods, forms and authors. Students will study:
In their written work, students are supported to write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length, for a range of purposes and audiences, including:
In KS3, students consolidate their knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary through the following approaches to learning.
Students are supported to speak confidently and effectively. They are expected to use standard English confidently in a range of contexts, including classroom discussions, speeches, and presentations.
Student progress is measured by both formative and summative assessments. Formative assessment takes place regularly and in a variety of formats ranging from group discussion and collaboration, written tasks, quizzes, and presentations. Students complete one summative assessment each half-term in which they are required to demonstrate their skills and understanding in a sustained and independent written or spoken activity.
We have several fee packages and options, with differing levels of commitment to suit most circumstances. In most cases parents have the option to pay in instalments, spreading the cost of the investment.