English

‘To challenge students to think creatively, read creatively and write creatively; to enable students to understand and communicate with their world; to aspire to inspire others.’

 

The English and Film Department is set in its own dedicated block in All Saints Court. There are 8 modern, well-equipped rooms and a well-motivated, dedicated team of staff, providing a creative and purposeful environment for an excellent standard of teaching and learning. The variety and academic rigour of work at KS3 enables students to gain confidence and relevant skill sets. Consequently, GCSE results are consistently above national averages; A Level results are consistently outstanding

Key results for 2015-16 are as follows:

GCSE English Language 84.1% A*-C
GCSE English Literature 90.7% A*-C
A Level English Literature 75% A*-C
A Level English Language and Literature 100% A*-C
A Level Creative Writing 100% A*-C

Key Stage 3

In Years 7-9, students at Rickmansworth study a range of English Literature from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet through to Frankenstein, Lord of the Flies and modern media texts. Students are challenged to think critically when analysing these texts. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to develop their creative writing. We offer a Short Story Writing unit in Year 7, alongside Media Campaigns and Gothic Narrative Writing units in Years 8 and 9 respectively.

 

Key Stage 4

Pupils in KS4 are working towards the two new linear GCSE assessments in English Language and English Literature. The AQA GCSE Literature specification we follow includes the study of the classic texts, Animal Farm, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and a dedicated poetry anthology. The Eduqas GCSE English Language specification we follow includes studies in 19 and 21st Century Non-Fiction, and 20th Century Fiction; there are also Fiction and Non-Fiction writing tasks.

 

Key Stage 5

At KS5, the English Department provides two main subject choices. For English Literature, we follow the new AQA Specification B, focussing on aspects of tragedy and elements of crime writing, including key texts, Death of a Salesman and Othello. For English Language and Literature, we follow the new and innovative OCR Specification (EMC), focussing on a range of notable Non-Fiction Writing, and the study of key texts, The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire.

 

Extra-Curricular & Trips

Depending on the set texts and the availability of tickets, A Level students will have a number of opportunities to attend department trips to theatre performances in the West End of London. In school, the thriving Writers’ Club led to the teaching of Creative Writing at A Level. At KS3, there are poetry competitions and library debates.

 

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