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In English, students in Years 10 and 11 are fully supported in improving their literacy, by experienced and passionate teachers of English.


All students work towards qualifications in Functional Skills (from Entry Level up to Level 2 – GCSE equivalent grade) and have the opportunity to access GCSE English Language in Year 11. All examinations are assessed for Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.


Through Reading, students learn to find and understand key information. They will develop their reading skills by exploring a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. As part of this experience, they will learn how to use a range of reading strategies including the use of a dictionary, skimming, scanning and deeper analysis of writers’ techniques. 


In Writing, students learn to create interesting and thoughtful texts. They will learn to organise their writing by using effective paragraphs, sentence structures and punctuation. Students will be taught and encouraged to use detail and appropriate vocabulary to achieve their purpose and appeal to a range of audiences.


Through regular Speaking and Listening activities, students learn how to conduct appropriate conversation around a vast range of topics. They will develop skills that allow them to explain and expand their views and opinions. They will be encouraged to speak clearly, with confidence and using appropriate and effective language.


The English Department offers:


Edexcel Functional Skills Entry Level 1, 2 and 3.


Edexcel Functional Skills Level 1 and 2.


GCSE English Language (where appropriate)


GCSE English Literature (when selected as an Option)