All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
From: National Curriculum: English Programmes of Study Key Stages 3 and 4
To inspire, enthuse and prepare our pupils to take their place in society as empathetic individuals who can communicate clearly and successfully in the 21st Century world. During their time with us, our pupils will be engaged by a wide body of literature, spanning across centuries, genres and writers. This exposure will enable them to understand the past and make sense of the present – they will encounter experiences that are both similar to – and very different from – their own. We encourage all students to read beyond the taught curriculum, recommending works from the traditional canon, but also advocating the works of new and emerging writers. We support a love of reading and writing through an extended offering too, and encourage and support students in pursuing wider experiences which support their cultural capital and potential future career choices. We also encourage our pupils to pursue excellence in all aspects of their writing and whilst becoming confident in making effective choices as writers, they will also be able to adapt their writing to suit different audiences and purposes. Across all aspects of English, equity is achieved through all pupils having access to the same curriculum: this will be accomplished through appropriate scaffolding and support. We aim to ensure that, when they leave us, students will be literate and confident young adults who can utilise their skills of reading, writing and oracy; alongside knowledge gained from literature, to be successful in their future paths.
Our aim is that every learner is able to
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
- develop cultural capital by being able to read and understand texts from throughout literary history.