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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 knowledge 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 Johnson Miss Gordon Miss Barker Miss Nichols

Faculty Leader
English
Curriculum Leader KS4 English Curriculum Leader
KS3 English
Curriculum Leader
KS5 English
Mr Lovelady Mr Murphy Miss Sidhu Miss Massey

Director of Literacy/Teacher
of English
Teacher of English Teacher of English Teacher of English
Mrs Strettle Miss McKevitt-Waine Miss Pennington Miss Hughes

Teacher of English Teacher of English Teacher of English Teacher of English
Mr Durr Miss McGuiness    

   
Teacher of English Teacher of English    
 

Years 7, 8 & 9

What will I study?

In Years 7 and 8 students have 10 periods of English per fortnight and follow our bespoke curriculum where they make progress against challenging expectations. Students are taught in mixed ability classes in Year 7 and Year 8 whilst Year 9 are grouped according to their ability. Setting is fluid to ensure that teaching and learning is appropriately matched to needs.

In Year 9, students have 9 periods of English per fortnight and again follow our bespoke programme of study which is informed by the National Curriculum and builds on learners’ successes in Years 7 and 8.  

The curriculum is diverse and demanding, we aim to provide a window to the world and a mirror for the students' own personal experiences. Writing units range from creative short story craft to transactional pieces and, to develop reading skills, students study a broad spectrum of challenging, engaging and culturally diverse texts from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Angie Thomas' The Hate You Give.  Reading is central to our curriculum, and we aim for our students to experience the greatest words written by the greatest minds. Underpinning this is a sustained and consistent focus on technical accuracy and literacy across all years.  Students are also given opportunities to enhance their oracy skills by devising and performing scripts and responding thoughtfully to the study of drama.

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.  Assessment informs teaching and learning; students are tasked with analysing how language is used to shape and influence meaning in literary texts and produce compelling narratives and powerful rhetoric.

Curriculum Overview 

Years 10 & 11 

What will I study?

Formal preparation for GCSE begins in Year 10; students are introduced to new knowledge and curriculum content whilst developing the skills needed to succeed both in external examinations and the wider world. Students have 10 periods of English per fortnight and setting is again fluid, matched to learners’ needs. The GCSE specifications are wide and interesting and cover a range of texts and topics across language and literature, including: A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, Macbeth, poetry, narrative 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.  Students will complete both their GCSE English Literature examination (Eduqas) and their GCSE English Language examination (AQA) in Year 11:  both qualifications are untiered and are based on 100% examination. 

Curriculum Overview 

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, A Level course, 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
Language Investigation skills

How will I be assessed?

Students sit two examination papers to assess their knowledge and skills and they also complete an NEA, 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.