The English Department


Head of Department = Miss C Burton


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The English department consists of nine specialist teachers, all of whom have a passion for bringing English to life for the learners at Longdendale. The department has a shared vision of creating an engaging curriculum which ensures all learners achieve to the best of their ability in English.


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Learners in all year groups are working towards sitting both English Language and English Literature GCSEs with the Edexcel exam board. To this end, all learners begin studying both subjects from the beginning of Year 7.

The curriculum is designed as a continuum; learners begin practising and developing the skills required for their GCSEs in Year 7 and return to these skill areas throughout each  year of study at Longdendale. In this way, they are able to revise and refine their skills with more complex texts, extracts and tasks as they move through the curriculum.

There is a strong focus on using English to promote complex discussion, understanding and analysis through exploring thought-provoking issues such as Crime and Punishment, the Holocaust and Cultural Identity.


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In English, learners are assessed each half term with an assessment in exam conditions. Assessments for Years 7, 8 and 9 focus on the skills that learners have been practising throughout the topic of work and are assessed using 'I can' statements to indicate their progress. In Years 10 and 11, assessments are based on the GCSE exam papers, mark schemes and grade boundaries to ensure learners have a full understanding of the final examinations they are working towards, and that teachers have a thorough understanding of their learners’ attainment and progress.


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Home Learning


learners will be expected to complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week for English.


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Afterschool Sessions


Each Wednesday after school, learners are invited to attend Miss Lambert Thompson's book club, where they will read a variety of texts and discuss their opinions and thoughts, as well as sharing recommendations for new and interesting books to read. Student Leaders from years 10 and 11 will be involved in facilitating the club in order to promote inter-year collaboration and a love of literature.  Miss Wither and the student leaders will also be running a creative writing club after school every Monday. This club is intended to offer an opportunity to develop learners' writing skills, as well as a place to allow learners to have their voices heard and celebrate their writing at Longdendale. Learners should see Miss Wither and Miss Lambert Thompson to get involved.


After school revision sessions are offered to Year 11 learners each week on a Thursday after school. Learners should speak to their class teachers for more information on what will be covered each week, but attendance is highly recommended.


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Enrichment Opportunities


learners are offered various enrichment opportunities in English. Annually, we run a trip to London, where learners get the opportunity to see a West End theatre production, a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre and a Shakespeare theatre workshop at Pineapple Dance Studios. As well as this, learners experience other London attractions, such as the London Eye, a Thame river cruise and exploring Covent Garden.

This year we are offering KS3 learners the opportunity to visit the world of Shakespeare, in a Stratford-Upon-Avon residential experience. learners will get visit all of his houses; take part in a practical workshop with the RSC, and then watch Twelfth Night at the theatre in the evening."

In order to enlighten our learners on the paths that English can take them, we are inviting a wide variety of experts from different industries to do Q and A sessions with the learners, to broaden their knowledge of potential careers for the future. Some examples of these will be: a fashion editor, a BBC director and a journalist. 

In addition to this, learners are given various opportunities to attend more local theatre productions including, where possible, as many of the set GCSE texts as are available.


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