For an overview of the pathways through the curriculum, please see our information page here.

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English Department

Our Vision

By placing learning at the centre of everything we do, as a department we continually reflect upon and develop our own practice, seeking opportunities to enhance teaching and learning.

Our purpose is to inspire and motivate students, fostering a love of all things English and broadening and enriching their minds and hearts.

We deliver a varied and creative curriculum, allowing all students the opportunities to flourish. Through teaching of transferable skills and strategies, we enable students to achieve in our subject and others, as well as in their lives beyond school.

We empower our students to become effective independent learners through useful feedback and targets which develop their skills and challenge students to aspire beyond their data.

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Click here to learn about how the Curriculum is planned, delivered and assessed in English.

Years 7 & 8 (KS3)
Years 9 - 11 (KS4)

Details of the cross curricular links with Humanities can be found here.

Exam Board

In Key Stage 4 students can follow the AQA English Language and AQA English Literature courses.

GCSE English Language (8700)
GCSE English Literature (8702)

Key Stage Three

In years 7, 8 and 9 you will be formally assessed throughout each term for each of the key English skills: reading, writing and spoken language. This will be written in exam conditions in your purple assessment book. You will also complete a baseline assessment at the beginning of Year 7, to assess your current level. Your work will be marked using the reading and writing KPIs, which you have in your purple book. You will be told what went well and be given next steps. Additionally, you will receive written and verbal feedback from your teacher on the work in your yellow class book.

Key Stage Four

At GCSE you will have half termly assessments which will mirror the Language and Literature exams which you will take at the end of the course, in the summer of Year 11. Your work will be marked using the GCSE mark schemes. You will be told what went well and be given next steps. Additionally, you will receive written and verbal feedback from your teacher on the work in your green class book.

Feedback and Feed-forward

A very important part of the assessment cycle is your response to your teacher's feedback. We strongly believe that you learn best from your mistakes and in English lessons we will always provide time for you to go back through and improve upon these. This is so that eventually you will have the confidence to look critically at your own work and draft and redraft independently.

Quality Teaching and Learning Entitlement

All students in English are entitled to:

  • a positive, safe learning environment that enables them to flourish and succeed in English within a culture of mutual respect and shared responsibility.
  • be actively engaged in their own learning whilst being challenged and motivated to take responsibility for their own development and see the purpose in their learning at ALNS and beyond.
  • have a sense of ownership of their work which is valued and celebrated both at school and at home.
  • feel accepted and have a sense of pride in the community of school.
  • have the opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge to a variety of new situations through a range of topics covered in English.
  • experience well planned lessons which challenge them, provide clear assessment and development opportunities.
  • reflect upon their own learning regularly and be given opportunities to improve and ultimately share and celebrate success.