KS3 English Language and Literature

The overall aim at KS3 is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The course aims to enable students to:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and idea
  • become competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

KS4 iGCSE First Language English

The syllabus aims to enable students to:

  • read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding, enjoying and appreciating a variety of language
  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write accurately and effectively, using Standard English appropriately
  • work with information and with ideas in language by developing skills of evaluation, analysis, use and inference
  • listen to, understand, and use spoken language effectively
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology and linguistic conventions

KS4 iGCSE English Literature

The syllabus aims to develop learners who:

  • enjoy the experience of reading literature
  • understand and respond to literary texts in different forms and from different periods and cultures
  • communicate an informed personal response appropriately and effectively
  • appreciate different ways in which writers achieve their effects
  • experience literature’s contribution to aesthetic, imaginative and intellectual growth
  • explore the contribution of literature to an understanding of areas of human concern

KS5 A Level Language

The aims are to enable students to:

  • enjoy the experience of studying English language •develop a critical and informed response to texts in a range of forms, styles and contexts, produced for a variety of audiences
  • communicate effectively, creatively, accurately and appropriately in their writing
  • develop the interdependent skills of reading, analysis and research
  • develop an appreciation of concepts and techniques in the study of English language
  • build a firm foundation for further study of language and linguistics.

KS5 AS & A Level Literature

The syllabus aims to enable students to:

  • enjoy the experience of reading literature  
  • develop an appreciation of and an informed personal response to literature in English in a range of texts in different forms, and from different periods and cultures
  • communicate effectively, accurately and appropriately in written form
  • develop the interdependent skills of reading, analysis and communication
  • analyse and evaluate the methods writers use in creating meaning and effects
  • encourage wider reading and an understanding of how it may contribute to personal development
  • build a firm foundation for further study of literature.