In English lessons we seek to:
- develop critical and creative thinking for EVERY STUDENT;
- develop in EVERY STUDENT an enjoyment and appreciation of the power of language;
- provide learning experiences which allow EVERY STUDENT to gain communicative competence in listening and talking;
- provide learning experiences which allow EVERY STUDENT to gain competence in reading;
- provide learning experiences which allow EVERY STUDENT to gain competence in writing;
- provide learning experiences which allow personal, interpersonal and team-working skills which are so important in life and in the world of work to flourish FOR EVERY STUDENT.
Head of Department
- Mrs K. Cleary (Subject Leader)
- Mrs M. Ferraiolo
- Mrs A. Boulton
- Miss H. Kilner (2nd in Dept)
- Mrs M. King
- Mrs C. Melhuish (Literacy Co-ordinator)
- Mr C. Murray
- Ms C. Chapman
- Miss A. Hill
- Mr N. Hunt
- Miss A. Lawson
Key Stage 3
At KS3, students study a range of novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction in order to consolidate the skills learned at KS2 and develop the skills necessary for success at GCSE in KS4. Our learners follow a flight path to GCSE from Year 7. Across the Key stage students study: three plays by Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet; Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest); Poetry collections centred on the themes of friendship, growing up and war; the novels Cirque Du freak, Stone Cold and Of Mice and Men; narrative writing (including autobiography and ghost stories), and a variety of forms of transactional and persuasive writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
To view our Year 7 medium term plan A click here
To view our Year 7 medium term plan B click here
To view our Year 8 medium term plan A click here
To view our Year 8 medium term plan B click here
To view our Year 9 medium term plan A click here
To view our Year 9 medium term plan B click here
Key Stage 4
At KS4 all students are prepared for two GCSE qualifications: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Our exam board for both is EDQUAS. Full details of their specifications are available on their website.
Our set texts are: An Inspector Calls, J. B. Priestley; Macbeth, William Shakespeare; The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, R. L. Stevenson; EDQUAS Poetry Anthology.
Key Stage 5
We offer two courses at A level: EDUQAS A level English Literature and AQA A Level English Language.
In A level English Literature we study: Poetry pre and post 1900; Shakespeare; Pre and post 1900 Drama and pre and post 2000 prose. Our current set texts are: Mean Time, Carol Ann Duffy; The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro; Whitsun Weddings, Philip Larkin; Atonement, Ian McEwan; The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster; A Streetcar named Desire, Tennessee Williams; King Lear, William Shakespeare;
In A level English Language we study: Textual variations and representations; Language diversity (Inc. gender, accents and dialects, power, language change and World English); language discourses; creative writing and persuasive writing.
Extra Curricular Activities
- Theatre visits arranged throughout the year
- Reading Groups
Useful Websites and Links
- Reading recommendation list
- www.eduquas.co.uk (GCSE English Language; GCSE English Literature; A Level English Literature specifications)
- www.aqa.org.uk (A level English Language specification)
- Instagram: @gateacreenglish
- Twitter: @Gateacrealevel1 (support for A level English Language)
Where are they now?
Robyn Asbury, MPhil English Studies, Magdalene College, Cambridge
Anna Godsman BA English Literature, Queen Mary University, London
Amy Lawson BA English and Media University of Liverpool – Gateacre English Department
Kate Crawford BA English Liverpool Hope University – teaching in Dubai
Joe Jennings BA English University of Leeds – teaching in Dubai