Ms A-M. Linehan (Head of Department)
Mr O Blagden
Ms K. Mehta
Mrs L. Clark
Ms E. Peters
English at Buxton is taught to set classes in all year groups 7-11. English is taught in a suite of specialist classrooms, and by a team of well-qualified, dedicated and professional teachers. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard, standalone computer and projector. The English classrooms are situated on the same corridor as the school Learning Resource Centre and an ICT classroom with thirty computers.
In addition to the class teacher, some classes, at both Key Stages 3 and 4, benefit from the use of Learning Support Assistants. The department is friendly and supportive and there are ample opportunities for professional development.
At Key Stage 4 all pupils take a double certificate course in English and English Literature with the AQA. At both key stages pupils receive four, fifty minute lessons of English each week. Texts that students study for GCSE include ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector calls’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’. At KS3 pupils use the Learning Resource Centre (library) for a dedicated reading period each week. The library is well stocked with a wide range of up to date fiction and non-fiction and ten computers, all with internet access.
The department is well resourced and places great emphasis on creative team work, to produce and develop, new and existing materials. The department is innovative and forward thinking. We place creativity at the heart of our curriculum and are constantly looking for ways to engage all pupils in their learning through the use of new technologies and a wide range of texts and visual resources.
Assessment for Learning is at the heart of our approach to developing learning in our classrooms and we are currently developing our assessment practice to include Assessing Pupil Progress. We have recently reviewed our Year 7 curriculum to develop our approaches to the teaching of independent enquiry and creative thinking, in line with the new QCA curriculum. We believe all pupils have a right to access the full English curriculum and we seek to develop their basic literacy skills, their thinking skills and their speaking and listening skills through all the work we do.
We run regular reward trips for pupils; recent trips including a Year 8 trip to The Imperial War Museum’ following the study of the Genre of War. Other units and novels that we study at KS3 are- Political Speeches, The Power of Language, ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.
Informal visits to the department are welcome. Please contact the school if you wish to visit.