We are committed to providing pupils with a broad and ambitious English curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which ignites curiosity, is challenging on an individual level and prepares them for future learning or employment.
We encourage independent reading, linked to pupils’ passions, fostering their interests in niche areas encouraging a lifelong positive reading ethos. Our English curriculum will give pupils the opportunity to:
- enjoy a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts which help them to connect with the world around them;
- develop cultural capital that will help remove barriers to achievement in school, future learning and the world of work;
- opportunities to experience live performances relating to the curriculum;
- accessing a variety of performances both through professional works and through amateur dramatics in the local community to enhance the wider school activities on offer.
- talk, articulate and express their ideas, views and opinions about a wide range of topics clearly, confidently and respectfully;
- develop their character, including resilience, confidence and independence, so that they contribute positively to the life of the school and their local community;
- demonstrate mastery of reading through discussion and writing;
- make writing accessible by using a variety of tools including computers, handwriting and multisensory methods;
- develop subject content that is current and is accessible to increase interest and engagement;
- all pupils will have the opportunity to access a qualification that is tailored to them with the aim of achieving personal excellence, enabling them to follow their chosen career path.
Throughout our programmes of study, every attempt is made to make explicit links to careers and the world of work. In addition to subject specific links, we aim to explicitly reinforce transferable skills that future employers will be looking for including:
- self-challenge, staying positive and showing resilience
- working independently (self-assessment, peer assessment, responding to feedback)
- communication skills (listening, speaking, presenting, debating)
- teamwork and problem solving
- creativity and thinking skills
- self-management and leadership
- analysis and inference
The British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect of those with different faiths and beliefs are taught explicitly and reinforced in the way in which the school operates.