In Key Stage 4 students work towards two GCSEs, English Language and English Literature. Our examination board is AQA for both qualifications and assessment is through terminal examinations.
Year 9 – In the final term of Year 9, students begin their preparation for the GCSE courses by studying a selection of poetry from the ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster of the AQA anthology
Year 10 – The GCSE courses begin by focusing on skills required for English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing. Students then study, for English Literature, the Victorian novel; the majority will study Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Sign of Four’ and a smaller number may read ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. Next, we switch back to English Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives. In the Summer term, students study the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ by JB Priestley, complete their poetry cluster and prepare for a recorded Speaking and Listening presentation.
Year 11 – Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is the focus for the first term. From Christmas onwards, the focus is on revision and consolidation of all texts and skills students need for their four terminal examinations.