English is essential for communicating with others, both within school and in the wider world, and enables students to become effective learners in all curriculum areas. By studying English, students develop key skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening that they will need to participate within society and employment.
There is a significant focus on spelling, grammar and reading throughout Key Stage 3 to support our students, and provide intensive literacy teaching. Students with low literacy levels on entry to Mount Gilbert School will undertake the Ruth Miskin Synthetic Phonics programme to ensure literacy levels reach a minimum standard allowing them to be successful learners.
At KS3 students will learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively. Students will study a wide range of literary texts such as stories by significant authors, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. In addition they will look at the patterns, structures, origins and conventions of English to aid their understanding of how English works.
At KS4 students will continue to build upon the skills they gained at KS3 moving towards a relevant qualification in English. By the end of Year 10 it is expected that all students will have gained an Entry Level qualification. At GCSE level students will follow the AQA English (4700) course which involves five pieces of coursework, undertaken as controlled assessments, worth 40% of the overall mark, forming the basis of class work during the first year of KS4. During year 11, class work will focus upon the reading and writing of Non-fiction and Media texts in preparation for the final exam worth 60%. Following a successful pilot of Functional Skills, all pupils will also have the opportunity to achieve a further qualification in English either at Level 1 or Level 2.