As a department, we encourage our students to recognise the creative impact of the written and spoken word through focused and inspiring teaching. The English team are predominantly specialists in their subject area, whether it be Language, Literature or a combination of both. It also comprises staff who hold senior positions on both GCSE and A Level exam boards.
Teachers give freely of their time and run revision sessions at lunch times and after school with Year 11 and Year 13 students throughout the academic year.
Ms Thompson, Head of English
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3, students study a variety of literary texts in many different forms including prose, poetry and drama. Students are encouraged to write their own pieces of creative and transactional writing, and more recently we have introduced more project work.
Each year group is involved in some form of extended Spoken Language task, for example their own “Apprentice” presentations.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4, students sit the Edexcel GCSEs in English Language and Literature. There are four exams at the end of Year 11 and a Spoken Language component. Texts studied include “Macbeth”, “A Christmas Carol”, a collection of poetry and a modern drama.
Students at UCC make progress beyond targets in both subjects and consistently achieve above the national average.
Key Stage 5
The department run A Levels in English English Language and English Literature (Edexcel). Both A Levels are very popular, and take up and retention rates are very good. Students achieve results ranging from A* to E reflecting the inclusive nature of both courses.
The department runs a November resit GCSE course for students wishing to improve their original grade which achieves excellent results.
Our Extra-Curricular Activities
The English department runs many clubs and trips. We host the annual Harry Potter event, have our own Twitter account, run clubs for readers and writers, and organise many visits from Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage to the pop-up theatres in York and an annual residential to London for 6th formers. More recently, the department has filmed students for revision and started its own film club.