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English

Key Stage 3

In KS3, pupils are taught in ability bands after they are set in October of Year 7. There are three broad ability bands in Years 7 and 8, and four in Year 9.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4

Edexcel English Language GCSE + Edexcel English Literature GCSE

All pupils will study for the same examinations, although texts studied will vary according to ability. Options for Literature include Great Expectations, Jekyll and Hyde, A Christmas Carol, Lord of the Flies and Anita and Me, to name but a few ! Shakespeare is studied, along with a collection of themed poetry – ‘ Conflict’ is the most popular current choice here.

Both GCSEs are examined at the end of Year 11 ; there are no controlled assessments.

Sixth Form

Edexcel A Level English Literature. Students study, amongst other texts, Shakespeare, A Streetcar Named Desire, Romantic or Metaphysical Poetry, and at the moment a grouping of Science Fiction novels, including the seminal Frankenstein. While 80% of the A Level is assessed by formal examination, coursework covers 20%, and for this option students choose questions for a range of partly self-selected texts.


Media Studies

Media Studies is taught in two classrooms, both of which are fully equipped with audio visual equipment as well as laptop and Apple Macintosh computers. A dedicated editing suite is also on site for Sixth Form students to use. In addition to the teaching staff, we have two part-time technicians to guide students.

Key Stage 4

Students in Years 10 and 11 currently follow the AQA syllabus. This is assessed both by coursework (60% weighting) and externally set examination (40%). Students are required to undertake two pre-production assignments as well as a practical production task. The topic for the examination changes every year.

Sixth Form

Students in Years 12 and 13 currently follow the AQA AS and A2 specification. The full A Level comprises of four units, with equal weighting given to coursework and external assessment. Students learn how to analyse media texts and take a critical look at aspects of the modern media landscape across three platforms (broadcast, print and e-media).

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