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    The English Department at Upton-by-Chester High School take pride in being at the forefront of a diverse and varied educational experience. With this in mind, we are constantly aware of issues such as citizenship, sustainable futures, gender, faith, class and social and economic awareness; these and other important matters related to our students’ moral, cultural and spiritual development inform the English curriculum and are dealt with in explicit and implicit ways.

    Future technologies have become a key factor in improving teaching and learning. With this in mind, the English Department have embraced the opportunity to contribute to the whole school policy of introducing new technology to our students. Lessons are taught using a variety of devices which help to engage and interest students, while reinforcing the core skills that are required to achieve success.

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    The Staff

    • Mr A. Crozier - Head of English
    • Ms H. McCarthy - KS4 Co-ordinator
    • Ms C. Ellis-Brown - KS2 to KS3 Transition Co-ordinator
    • Mr N. Waite - KS3 to KS4 Transition Co-ordinator
    • Ms N. Connor
    • Mr E. Du Noyer
    • Mr J. Eunson
    • Miss A. Farnin - SENCO
    • Mr G. Foster
    • Miss S. Green
    • Mrs S. Harper - Assistant Head of Year 11
    • Mrs A. Hewitt
    • Mrs J. Lewis
    • Miss J. McGowan


    Key Stage 3

    We focus on three main areas at Key Stage 3: reading, writing and speaking and listening. Students read a wide variety of novels, plays (including Shakespeare), poetry and non-fiction texts. Students are taught to write clearly and accurately in many genres and styles for a wide range of audiences and purposes. We also aim to develop research and study skills. Communication skills are developed through discussions, presentations and Drama lessons.

    We supplement our curriculum and encourage students to be the best that they can by offering a number of rewarding educational visits. Recent visits have included trips to theatre productions, cinema trips, museum tours and a gifted and talented trip to a local forest. We also invite visiting authors into school and promote work with local and national charities.

    Key Stage 4

    Students completing their exams in 2016 follow the AQA Certificate (IGCSE).

    For English Language teachers can choose from two assessment options:

    • speaking and listening (10%) and two exams (50% and 40%), or
    • speaking and listening (10%), an exam (50%) and coursework (40%), with no controlled assessment.

    For English Literature teachers can choose from:

    • two exams, or
    • an exam (60%) and coursework (40%), with no controlled assessment.

    Students completing their exams from 2017 onwards will complete the new specification AQA GCSE.

    This specification is designed to inspire and motivate students, providing appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are, as far as possible, accessible to all students.

    It enables students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly.

    For English Language, students are assessed through two equally-balanced examination papers, each assessing reading and writing in an integrated way. This specification requires students to be assessed at the end of Year 11 and is 100% examination based.

    For English Literature, students will be assessed through two examination papers. Paper 1 (40%) asks students to respond to a play by William Shakespeare and a 19th Century Novel. Paper 2 (60%) asks students to respond to a Modern Novel and Poetry.

    Sixth Form

    We offer two A Level courses:

    • AQA  English Language
    • AQA  English Literature

    A/S and A2 English Language

    The A/S course provides an introduction to the study of language and analyses the ways in which cultural values and assumptions are shown through linguistic choices.

    Assessment at A/S is 100% examination based. Assessment at A2 is by written coursework and examinations.

    A/S and A2 English Literature

    The A/S course covers Shakespeare, modern literature, poetry, prose and drama.

    Assessment at A/S is 100% examination based. Assessment at A2 is by written coursework and examinations.