At Abbey Gate College, English is a subject that aims to inspire students’ creativity, to encourage clear communication, to fire their passion for reading and to develop their understanding of the power of words. The imaginative and exploratory nature of English, underpinned by a firm grounding in the grammatical building blocks of language, makes it a highly motivating and engaging subject. Using this as our starting point, our aims are as follows:
We want pupils to find English exciting and fun, inspiring and relevant. English is all about being able to communicate what is thought and felt – this could be speaking to friends and family, writing in school or on social media sites, as well as what is read in books, through technology or walking the streets. Everything we do involves communication and therefore English. We want pupils to think independently, to read widely and, most importantly, to be creative. We also promote broad reading, with pupils encountering a range of texts, from fairy tales to Shakespeare, in lessons. Additionally, pupils are encouraged to develop their skills of independent reading. At KS3, pupils also participate in English Speaking Board (ESB) exams, advancing their speaking and listening skills through the achievement of a widely recognised qualification.
Through the two year programme students follow the Eduqas English Language and Literature specifications. Both English Language and English Literature are studied and include a range of non-fiction and literary texts, as well as poetry; a wide variety of writing skills are also taught in preparation for four final exams.
Students are encouraged to enter a variety of non-fiction and creative writing competitions both internal and external. We have an extensive programme of writing workshops and visit all relevant theatre productions. We also offer opportunities for extra-curricular and additional support within English.
There are three dedicated classrooms and a smaller A Level teaching room, each featuring a Smart TV. The Department has a wide range of texts and visual resources for students to study which is updated annually.