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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 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 Miss Johnson Miss Kennon Miss Massey

Director of Literacy/Teacher
of English
Lead Practitioner English Teacher of English Teacher of English
Mrs Strettle Miss Sidhu 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    
 

Phase 1 - Years 7 & 8

What will I study?

In Years 7 and 8 students have 10 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 and demanding. 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’s The Tempest to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.  Underpinning this is a sustained and consistent focus on technical accuracy and literacy across all years.  Students are also given opportunities to enhance their performance, improvisation and oracy skills and devise, script and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances.

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.

Phase 2/3 – Years 9, 10 & 11 

Phase 2 Year 9
What will I study?

Year 9 continues to be informed by the National Curriculum and builds on learners’ successes in Years 7 and 8, ensuring that essential skills have been mastered and foundations for GCSE study are set.  Students have 9 periods of English per fortnight and the curriculum continues to be challenging as learners develop new knowledge of language and literature through a range of reading and writing units.  Students continue to be grouped according to their ability but setting remains fluid to ensure that teaching and learning is appropriately matched to needs.  

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 language is used to shape and influence in a piece of literature, to writing compelling narratives and powerful rhetoric.

Phase 3 - 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. 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. 

 

Phase 4 - 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
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.