English

Our primary aim is to ensure that all students enjoy achieving to the best of their abilities in English.  Lessons aim to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which students use English broadly, effectively and accurately in its spoken and written forms.

Our new Key Stage Three curriculum has been designed to encourage a love of reading and to prepare students for the challenges of the new GCSE course. We teach each termly or half-termly unit through a whole Literature text. The Year 7 course consists of study of ‘Trash' by Andy Mulligan, the playscript of 'His Dark Materials', 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness, World War One poerty and 'Welcome to Nowhere' by Elizabeth Laird. The Year 8 curriculum covers a love and relationships poetry cluster, 'The Woman In Black' by Susan Hill, 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee or 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck and Shakespeare's Hamlet. The Year 9 course consists of 'Sign of Four' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, a power and conflict poetry cluster, a short stories collection and the GCSE spoken language unit. We teach all Literature and Language skills through these central texts. 

At GCSE, students study the new English Language and English Literature courses, following the AQA syllabus, resulting in two grades from 1 to 9. Both qualifications are weighted at 100% examination at the end of Year 11. Students will sit two Language exams and two Literature exams (closed book). During the course, students will be exposed to a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction, including writings from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. 

The English Department is housed over five fully-equipped classrooms in the heart of the school. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities. 

Staffing:

Mrs A Nethersell-Webb (Head of English)

Mr R Carrier (Progress Tutor)

Dr M Shaw

Mrs Z Cullen 

Mrs N Hanner

Mrs E Barber

Acle Academy, South Walsham Road, Acle, Norwich, NR13 3ER.  

Contact details are: T 01493 750431 -  E info@acle.norfolk.sch.uk

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