Head of Faculty: Miss K Pickles
Our faculty is characterised by enthusiasm, passion for our subject and commitment to providing the best possible experience for all students in every English lesson at George Pindar School. Our main aim is to achieve the highest possible standards for all of our students, allowing them to attain their best grades in English. We hope that our students will enjoy their work in English, and we strive to ensure that our curriculum offers a rich and diverse range of learning experiences. As a team, we believe that all students should enjoy learning and that each student should have an equal opportunity to achieve their maximum learning potential. We encourage students come to English lessons with the expectation that they will be valued and encouraged but that their lessons will be demanding, rigorous and enjoyable.
Learners in English lessons will be:
Teaching in English lessons will be:
We are constantly looking to hone and develop our English curriculum to ensure that it will inspire and engage students at both Key Stages 3 and 4. Our mission is to ensure that all students leave George Pindar School with the English skills that they need to succeed, both in education and in life beyond school.
Key Stage 3 English
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum covers a variety of topics ranging from exploring Shakespeare, George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ to looking at exploring a range of poetry. We are proud to be a partner school of the English Mastery English Programme which is giving the students more opportunity, regardless of their starting level, to develop the skills they need at GCSE level and beyond.
Key Stage 4 – English language & English literature
English Language GCSE
Exam Board: AQA: English Language
When studying English Language, students will consolidate and build on the literacy skills they will need in the wider world by developing their functional, persuasive, narrative and descriptive writing expertise. In addition, students will examine a wide range of non-fiction and fiction texts in order to progress their analytical skills.
English Literature GCSE
Exam Board: AQA: English Literature
Students will study a diverse range of texts by authors such as J B Priestley, Charles Dickens, William Golding and William Shakespeare. They will also learn how social, historical and cultural context impacts on these works, encountering issues such as prejudice, the changing roles of women and the dark side of humanity.
For all GCSE students, these student knowledge organisers are there to help your revision. They are separated into their correct papers and sections. Use them to help you recap the key concepts of each text.