The English Department


The English department at St Mary’s College is an innovative, exciting and successful department with a track record of enabling students to achieve academic excellence. English at St Mary’s College promotes and develops students’ emotional, moral and spiritual awareness in addition to enabling them to develop skills that will allow them to be academically successful.  


Led by Kerry Smith, the English department comprises of 24 members of staff:


Kerry Smith                - Head of Department 
Neil Hussey                 - Director of A-level English

Rebecca Cross            - Assistant Head of Department

Nicola Tennison         - Assistant Head teacher

Emma Beaumont       - Assistant Head teacher

Hannah Roberts         - Whole School Literacy Co-ordinator

Gemma Hanson         - Key Stage 3 Coordinator

Molly Jones                - KS5 Level 2 Coordinator

Jill Baxter

Alison Bramall

Helen Burgess

Frances Clark          

Maeyen Corbin

Hannah Coulson

Julie Culver

Ceris Hamer

Lauren Jackson      

Arash Marashi

Jack Roe

Natalie Shinkwin       - Head of Year 9
Dan Stead 

Sarah Willson             - Head of Year 11

Melanie Mason          - English Faculty Administrative Assistant

Naomi Bedworth       - Learning Resource Centre/ Marketing & Communications Manager

 

The English Curriculum
 
Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 English curriculum has recently undergone an extensive review and changes are still being implemented for the forthcoming academic year, due to the changes to the format of the new GCSE specifications which we began teaching in September 2015.

During KS3 students will follow schemes of work developed by experienced members of the department; these schemes continue to evolve in response to the needs of our students. They develop students’ reading, writing and speaking & listening skills and also develop the skills they will need during their GCSE studies.

 

Throughout KS3 students are given the opportunity to study a range of fiction: novels, short stories, poetry and drama; these texts will include both modern texts and texts from the English literary heritage. Additionally, students will also study a variety of non-fiction texts.

 

In Key Stage 3, students are assessed termly for Reading through a formal assessment which reflects the skills necessary at GCSE, termly for Speaking and Listening and half-termly for Writing through an extended written piece. Assessments will be marked diagnostically and will be used to set students targets for improvement and personalise our curriculum.
 
To complement study at KS3, students are offered a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to develop their skills. Recent extra-curricular opportunities including theatre trips, author visits, writing competitions and opportunities to have work published. 
 
Key Stage 4

 

Year 10

Year 10 students will sit AQA English Language GCSE in the Summer term.

Year 11
Year 11 students will sit  AQA English Literature GCSE in the Summer term.

English Language (AQA)
This course requires students to develop skills that enable them to analyse how language is used in a range of texts and to tailor their own writing to suit the purpose and form. Students will study ‘Explorations in Creative Writing’ and ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’ in preparation for examinations at the end of the year. They will also have the opportunity to develop their Spoken Language skills throughout the course.

 

English Literature (AQA)

The English Literature GCSE offers students the opportunity to study drama, prose and poetry. Students will prepare for examinations on ‘Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel’ and ‘Modern Texts and Poetry’. Through the study and discussion of these texts students are encouraged and challenged to consider a wide variety of moral and social issues.

 

To complement GCSE studies students are offered a wide variety of extracurricular activities to develop their skills including offering experiences of live theatre, museum trips, conferences with notable key speakers and extra study opportunities.

 

Link to specifications: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse

Key Stage 5

A-level

At Key Stage 5, students are offered a chance to expand and develop their written and analytical skills originally developed in their GCSE study. In a vibrant and exciting atmosphere, students begin to discuss deeper, structural, linguistic and formalistic analysis of a variety of texts, including their application in modern critical thinking, and how authors use language for effect in speech, prose and dramatic texts. All courses are assessed by an examination worth 80% and coursework worth 20%. The College offers opportunities to study both English Language and English Literature, as well as a third combined course.

A-level at St Mary’s offers a perfect bridge to university study as it teaches independence, wider reading and deep critical analysis of unseen texts throughout.

All A-level courses are currently rated Very Good or Outstanding by ALPS

 

 

A LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Year 12 students will complete the first year of their A-level courses.

Year 13 students will complete the second year of their A-level courses, taking terminal A-level exams in the summer of 2018.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE?

English Language and Literature is a new and exciting course which draws and expands on what you will have studied at GCSE.  It draws on all genres of literature, with a particular focus on wider reading and interpretation of key themes in texts.  You will study drama, poetry and prose over a range of time periods, comparing structure, themes and ideas throughout.  You will be expected to place texts in the given contexts they were written.  There will also be some creative writing elements to the course.  You will study an anthology on a variety of spoken, written and media texts linked with Paris.

WHAT IS THE COURSE STRUCTURE LIKE?

The course is a two year course, it consists of two exams and a language investigation piece of coursework.  The exams are worth 40% each, and the coursework will be 20%. All exams will be taken at the end of your second year.

 

A LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE LANGUAGE?

English Language is a new and exciting course which is very different to what you will have studied at GCSE.  It draws on all aspects of English, looking at written and spoken varieties, as well as looking at key issues of gender, power and technology.  You will also focus on language change, child language acquisition and a creative writing element.  It focuses on modern language in use, looking at a variety of shorter texts and the reasons behind their production.

WHAT IS THE COURSE STRUCTURE LIKE?

The course is a two year course, it consists of two exams and a language investigation piece of coursework.  The exams are worth 40% each, and the coursework will be 20%. All exams will be taken at the end of your second year.

A LEVEL ENGLISH LITERATURE

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE LITERATURE?

English Literature is a new and exciting course which draws and expands on what you will have studied at GCSE.  It draws on all genres of literature, with a particular focus on wider reading and interpretation of key themes in texts.  You will study Shakespeare, poetry and prose over a range of time periods, comparing structure, themes and ideas throughout.  You will be expected to place texts in the given contexts they were written.

WHAT IS THE COURSE STRUCTURE LIKE?

The course is a two year course, it consists of two exams and a language investigation piece of coursework.  The exams are worth 40% each, and the coursework will be 20%.  All exams will be taken at the end of your second year.