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Information RE:Change to AQA

A Guide to English Language GCSE Exams

Key stage 3 students study a variety of plays, novels and poetry. There is a Shakespeare module in each year, which helps to prepare students for Shakespeare at key stag 4. In each year, students are given the opportunity to read whole novels both in class and at home.

The English Department has invested in the Accelerated Reader Programme for key stage 3. Students are challenged to read as much as possible and when each book is completed, an on-line quiz is taken and the level of comprehension recorded. Students are awarded prizes and trophies based on the number of words they have read and quizzes that they have successfully completed.

Homework booklets are produced for all students at the start of each half term with one piece due each week. The tasks set vary between online and written tasks and all are designed to support the learning that takes place in the classroom.

In the summer term of year 9, students begin preparing their GCSE writing portfolio with a piece of rant writing on a topic of their choice.

At Key Stage 4, all students sit both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Students can be entered for either the foundation or higher tier examination dependent on their progress throughout the course.

After school revision and booster classes are held weekly – different teachers of English hold sessions on speaking and listening, coursework and the exam paper.

In the most recent exam season, 70% of students achieved a grades A*-C in English Language – this is a fantastic set of results and above the national average.