Welcome to the English Department


Inspiration and excellence

English at The Chantry is taught by a strong and experienced team of eight staff members with a clear focus on continuing improvement and outstanding pupil achievement. Great importance is placed upon the quality of teaching and learning. We have high expectations of what our students can achieve and we aim to inspire all our learners to succeed in becoming proficient and assured users of language.

Our purpose at The Chantry is to provide the kind of high quality education which is a prerequisite to lifelong learning and love of learning. In the English department, we understand the key role which English has in each child's holistic development. We want our students to love coming to English, and to leave us ready to embrace their future as confident communicators in the world beyond school. We believe that enjoyment and passion are key to successful learning and we aspire to ignite an enthusiasm for all aspects of English among our learners.

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- Using thinking hats to explore set texts -

The importance of reading – for information, for pleasure and for personal and spiritual growth and development- lies at the heart of our curriculum. (click here to read information about our Accelerated Reader programme for Years 7 and 8). From September 2015, we will also be running a KS4 reading group to further promote a knowledge and appreciation of literature among our older students (click here for a link to our first text – "Go set a Watchman" – Harper Lee's sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird")

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The English team embraces change, which is a natural part of the subject and the wider educational climate in which we work. We have planned our renewed curriculum collaboratively, drawing on the individual strengths of the English staff and we are fully prepared to manage the transitions introduced via educational reform.

English results

English results at The Chantry are a reflection of our teaching philosophy. In a year when, for a variety of reasons, English results dipped nationally, we are proud of the fact that our English results held firm at 79% A*-C in 2014, compared to 62% nationally. We are also proud that 82 % of our students made three or more levels of progress in English.

With a renewed and continuing emphasis on challenge for all, the percentage of our students achieving A* and A grades in English Language rose by 3% in 2014, while 47% of our students taking English Literature achieved A* and A grades.

We are equally proud of the vast difference which the English department made to the progress of disadvantaged students in 2014, when national and internal trends were reversed and 88% achieved three or more levels of progress compared with 82% of our students without free school meals. (Click here to read our departmental pupil premium policy)

Our curriculum

The English curriculum in Year 7 aims to provide a smooth transition from primary by building on communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through a range of schemes. Throughout Key Stage Three, pupils focus on improving their analytical skills by exploring a variety of fiction and non- fiction texts of incremental complexity, sophistication and challenge. Written work is produced for a wide range of purposes and audiences, with an increasing emphasis placed upon technical accuracy. Our schemes of work link explicitly and proportionately to the assessment objectives which underpin our GCSE courses. Where possible, students are encouraged to communicate using real-world contexts. A particular focus is placed on reading for pleasure and building reading and writing stamina in preparation for the extended tasks which are a requirement of GCSE level study. In Year 9, pupils begin to explore some of the set texts which are a requirement of the GCSE in English Literature.

At Key Stage Four, pupils follow the AQA English Language and English Literature or English courses. For our current Year 11 there is an examination unit in which pupils are required to analyse and understand non- fiction/ media texts and also to produce them for a range of purposes and audiences. Other units of work include the study of a Shakespeare play, poetry from the Literary Heritage and a prose text from a different culture. Controlled assessments, set by the exam board, take place throughout the course and count towards the final GCSE grade. Speaking and listening is also integrated into and assessed throughout the curriculum, but is awarded as a separate certificate.

For all years who are due to complete their education with us from 2017 onwards (current Year 10 and the year groups below them), GCSE assessment in English Language and English Literature will be completed purely by examinations which are taken at the end of Year 11. We will continue to follow AQA courses and all students will study for the two GCSEs in English Language and Literature.

Extra Curricular

There are many opportunities for students to enrich their learning by taking part in a range of extra - curricular activities on offer. These include our summer term immersion days, during which students have a chance to explore an aspect of English in greater depth. For example, in 2014, Year 9 spent a day exploring Shakespeare through stagecraft and drama, music and dance, calligraphy and costume. This year, Year 7 will participate in a day long festival of short films.

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In September 2014, all of Year 9 visited The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham to see a matinee adaptation of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies", which is one of the set texts on the new GCSE English Literature specification. In June of this year, our Year 10 students were given the opportunity to spend an evening at Malvern Theatre to enjoy the highly acclaimed West End production of "The Woman in Black".

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Throughout the year we enjoy inviting visiting authors in to school to support and encourage our love of reading and to offer inspiration for our own writing. This year, we have enjoyed meeting John Townsend (an author who is well known to our school) Ann Evans and Karen King.

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English Staff contacts (from September 2015):
 

Ms A Bates (Head of English) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mrs R Marsh (Second in department) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mrs K Barnett (English/ intervention teacher) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mrs S Blunt (Head of Year 8) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mrs N Clear (Deputy Headteacher) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mrs L Irish (Teacher of English) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mrs E Solomon (Teacher of English) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr S Wishart (Teacher of English) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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