The English Department is a lively, creative and forward thinking team.
Students are encouraged to develop awareness of the use and variety of language in all its forms, through reading, writing, speaking and listening. Above all, we wish to foster a love and appreciation of literature from a variety of periods and cultures, as well as enjoyment in the creativity of language. We believe that pupils make progress using active learning strategies which are challenging but accessible.
Our aim for Year 7 students is to make the transition from Year 6 to Waldegrave as enjoyable and as easy as possible while also giving the students the independence to become reflective learners studying a wide variety of topics including poetry, short story writing, Shakespeare, media and a novel. In Year 8 we develop and consolidate the skills learnt in Year 7. Our aim in Year 9 is to explore a range of literature, including fiction and non-fiction to prepare them for their GCSE course. Years 7 and 8 are mixed ability however we set loosely in Year 9.
In Years 10 and 11, we prepare students for their English Language and English Literature examinations. The AQA exam syllabus is varied and covers Shakespeare, modern texts and 19th century English Literature. We encourage independence and provide opportunities to develop the critical thinking skills of information processing, reasoning, enquiry, evaluation and creativity. The groups are loosely set.
The current Year 10 and 11 students follow the new syllabus with 100% examinations where they will take four exams at the end of Year 11: two for Language and two for Literature.
Our aim in the sixth form is to build on the GCSE skills of critical thinking and independence and to write with confidence, flair and precision. We follow the linear Edexcel English Literature course in Year 12 and 13. The groups are mixed ability.