Faculty of English
Mrs K Holden - Head of Faculty
Mrs A Cunningham
Mr G Kay
Ms S Dempsey
Mr A Montrose
Mrs M Leatherbarrow
At St Peter's RC High School we are committed to ensuring that all our students become competent and confident young men and women, who are able to communicate successfully in all situations, with an understanding and appreciation of the world and their role in it through the study of English and Literature.
All students study English for five years. We engage them through the study of a wide range of literature, novels, plays and poems, both classical and contemporary. We are committed to the study not only of English Literature but of literature from other cultures as well as texts displayed on page and on screen, in images and in words. We focus on both literary and non-literary texts, exploring the ways texts are constructed, read, interpreted and used.
Our aim is to promote the development of literacy, based on the pleasures and demands of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We believe that the study of literature within cultural and historical contexts challengers students to articulate and defend ideas, to appreciate ideas different from their own, and to respect diversity. They are encouraged through their own writing to develop independent thinking skills in a variety of situations and for a variety of purposes.
KS3 Curriculum 2017-2018
In order to ensure that every student is taught at a level appropriate to his or her own stage of development, we set according to ability from year 7, throughout both key stages. Setting is fluid allowing a trouble free transition between sets as the need arises. Classes cover the same academic content. For those students with special needs in Literacy, extra help, either in small groups or individually is available, and similar help and support is provided for those students who are gifted at English. We also ensure that anyone who is not achieving their potential in English, for whatever reason, is given individual, personalised support.
KS4 Curriculum 2017-2018
Year 10 and Year 11
At KS4 we follow the new GCSE AQA English and Literature Specifications. Each qualification is assessed on 100% examination.
English Language consists of 2 written papers:
Paper 1 requires pupils to read an unseen extract from a 20th or 21st Century fictional text, as well as writing to describe or narrate.
Paper 2 requires pupils to read 2 unseen non-fiction texts (one from the 20th or 21st Century and one from the 19th Century) and compare writers’ views and purposes. It also requires pupils to write to present an argument or point of view in a given topic.
English Literature also consists of 2 written papers:
Paper 1 - pupils are given extracts from a 19th Century novel (Frankenstein), and a Shakespearean play (Romeo and Juliet), and have to provide an analytical response.
Paper 2 - pupils have to answer a question on a Modern Text (the play, An Inspector Calls) for Section A, as well as responding to questions on a range of Pre-studied and Unseen Poems for Section B.
In all examinations pupils are awarded marks for the quality of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Pupils are therefore reminded constantly of the importance of ‘SPAG’ in all English lessons, across other subject areas and during morning registration periods. The English department also leads on whole school Literacy incentives, including a new ‘Word of the Week’ policy, in which all pupils are encouraged to learn a new word and apply it to their work across school.