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English

Introduction

Every student at The Sutton Academy studies English; it is at the heart of all learning and underpins all other study across the curriculum. The English Faculty is a large team of specialist teachers who deliver their subject with the passion, enthusiasm and energy required to disseminate a love of English Language and English Literature to all students; members of the English Faculty strive to equip students with skills for life and learning that will help them to succeed, not only during their time at The Sutton Academy, but also out in the wider world.

Meet the Team
Miss Martland Miss Gordon Miss Barker Miss Nichols

Faculty Leader
English
Assistant Faculty Leader English with KS5 Responsibility Curriculum Leader
KS3 English
Curriculum Leader
KS5 English
Mr Lovelady Mr Griffin Mr Diver Mr Durr

Teacher of English
with responsibility
for Literacy Professional Mentor
Teacher of English
with responsibility
for departmental Teaching & Learning
Teacher of English Teacher of English
Miss Massey Miss Sidhu Miss Strettle Mr Wright

Teacher of English Teacher of English Teacher of English Teacher of English
 

PACE - Years 7 & 8

What will I study?

In Years 7 and 8 students have 8 periods of English per fortnight and follow our bespoke PACE curriculum where they make Progress Against Challenging Expectations.  Students are grouped according to their ability but setting is fluid to ensure that teaching and learning is appropriately matched to needs. 

The curriculum is diverse.  Writing units range from creative short story writing to transactional pieces and, to develop reading skills, students study a broad spectrum of challenging, engaging and culturally diverse texts from Shakespeare to JK Rowling.  Students are also given opportunities to enhance their oracy skills and there is a sustained and consistent focus on technical accuracy and literacy across all years.

How will I be assessed?

There will be regular assessments to track progress and identify areas for development.  These will assess both reading and writing skills and will range from analysing how a character or theme is presented in a piece of literature to writing creative stories and transactional texts.

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 & 11 

What will I study?

KS4 and formal preparation for GCSE begins in Year 9 to ensure that students can successfully cover all curriculum content whilst developing the skills needed to succeed.  Students have 8 periods of English per fortnight and setting is again fluid, matched to learners’ needs.  The GCSE specification is wide and interesting and covers a wide range of texts and topics across language and literature, including:  A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, Blood Brothers, Macbeth, poetry, creative writing and transactional writing. 

What skills will I develop?
  • Reading skills
  • Writing skills
  • Speaking and Listening skills
  • Literary Analysis skills
  • Language Analysis skills
How will I be assessed?

The study of English at Key Stage 4 has two examined components: English Language and English Literature, which the majority of students will sit at the end of Year 11.  Both qualifications are untiered and are based on 100% examination.  Students at The Sutton Academy follow the Eduqas specifications for both English Language and English Literature and study a wide range of literary and non-literary texts in order to develop their Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening skills.  

Key Stage 5 

What will I study?

At KS5, students are offered the opportunity to broaden their study of English at a higher level through AQA’s English Language and Literature specification.  During the two year course (which covers both the AS and A Level qualifications) students analyse a range of challenging and engaging literary and non-literary texts, informed by a secure understanding of linguistic theory and influences.

What skills will I develop?
  • Reading skills
  • Writing skills
  • Literary Analysis skills
  • Language Analysis skills
How will I be assessed?

At AS Level, the course is 100% examination and covers a range of both literary and non-literary texts.  At A Level, students complete an NEA in addition to their examinations, which allows them to work independently and investigate an area of literary and language study that they are particularly interested in.

Further Information

At The Sutton Academy, we are committed to curriculum enrichment and believe that work in the classroom is only the start of a child’s learning.  Students will be given the opportunity to take part in visits and excursions to enhance their study of English and ensure that they leave our academy with an unwavering passion for literature and a solid understanding of how our language works.