English

The English Department at St Joan of Arc is consistently successful, yet always striving to improve on past achievements. The department of eight specialists employs a variety of teaching styles, in order to accommodate different learning styles, and enable all our pupils to realise their full potential.

Our vision is for all pupils to leave our care as effective communicators, who have an appreciation for a range of reading materials, and who are able to learn and work independently, due to the reflective and critical skills that we have endowed them with. Moreover, our curriculum supports the catholic ethos and spiritual life of the whole school.

At KS3, pupils are set from Year 7. They follow a varied and interesting curriculum, studying both modern and classic novels, poetry and drama, as well as media and non-fiction texts, in addition to developing their writing skills to suit a range of purposes and audiences.

All our pupils study both English and English Literature GCSEs. Our results are consistently excellent, with over 88% of pupils attaining an A* - C grade in English Language in 2015.  Following the recent reforms to GCSEs and A Levels, our students now follow the AQA specification.The department offers English Literature and a combined English Literature and English Language course at A Level. Our students perform well in the A Level examinations, and several go on to read the subject at university.

Members of the department run a number of extra-curricular activities, which not only complement the delivery of the curriculum, but also foster an interest in the subject beyond the classroom. These include taking part in a Readathon and running theatre trips, study conferences and a Book Week (in conjunction with the school library); we also hope to establish a debating society in the near future.

 

English Department Information