English Language and English Literature
The English curriculum takes students on a journey through literary history and time. We cover a range of topics, from the classics to contemporary literature. Our aim is to equip students with a thorough knowledge of their core English literary heritage, to provide a wealth of ‘cultural capital’, and to equip students with the complex skills of comprehension, interpretation and written and verbal expression that they will require in day-to-day life. To us, the study of English is a study of life and we encourage our students to question opinions, assumptions and bias whilst showing tolerance and respect for the viewpoints of others.
English Language and Literature are delivered as two separate subjects at GCSE in order that students can appreciate the differences between the demands of each.
The Library and Learning Resource Area
The library is a quiet space in the centre of our school which provides a perfect environment for reading and studying.
We have a large selection of reading books which provide plenty of choice for readers of all ages and abilities. Miss Barnett, the Librarian, is always on hand to make recommendations and reserve books.
In addition, we have a wealth of non-fiction and reference books which can be used in the library to help with homework assignments and projects. We also have ICT facilities to aid learning and for research purposes.
The library is also the central hub for our Reading Curriculum. Year 7 and 8 benefit from specific Reading lessons which are designed to develop the wide range of reading skills that are used in all subjects.
The library is widely used at break and lunchtimes as a place to escape in a book. Many students also visit the library before and after school to do homework or revision. Throughout the year the library hosts many special events such as Readathons, quizzes, movie showings and book readings as well as competitions and activities to celebrate World Book Day, National Poetry Day, Stoke Reads, The Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival and Shakespeare’s birthday.