Sunday, September 24, 2017


Half Term Overview

Year 8 Half Termly Overview

Year 7 Half Termly Overview

Year 9 Half Termly Overview


Our Staff

Mrs Lynn Williams          Head of Department, KS3 & KS4
Mr Gary Griffiths                Second in Department, KS3 & KS4
Mrs Claire Marlor          Progress Manager for Yr8, KS3 & KS4
Miss Natalie Williams       Progress Manager for Yr7, KS3 & KS4
Mr Darryl Vickers                English KS3 & KS4, Media KS4
Mrs Rebecca Pace              English KS3
Miss Rebecca Siddall        TA, KS3 & KS4


About The Department

The Department strives to ensure that all students achieve a rounded education in all aspects of the subject.

There is a heavy focus upon skills, including both Literacy Skills and Thinking Skills, at both Key Stages.

Pupils have successfully taken part in the Spelling Bee competition and the BBC News Report where they have had the opportunity to practise these skills.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3 English

Year 7 & 8 students are taught in classes, according to their Reading Ages, before being placed in sets in Year 9.All Key Stage 3 students complete six Assessment Tests during the Academic Year that test their Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening skills.A range of literature is explored during this key stage from, for example, “The Witches” by Roald Dahl or “Skullduggery Pleasant” by Derek Landy in Year 7, to “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in Year 9.Year 8 pupils are entered for Essential Skills Wales Level 1 Communication

Key Stage 4 English

Year 10 & 11 students are taught in sets and follow the WJEC GCSE courses in both English Language and English Literature.They are also entered for Essential Skills Wales Level 2 Communication.The focus for KS4 students is the completion of formal Controlled Assessments and external examinations throughout the two years of study.Literature texts include: “Of Mice and Men” or “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “Heroes” by Robert Cormier and “An Inspector Calls” as well as the study of a Shakespearean play.

Key Stage 4 Media

This is an Option Subject where Year 10 & 11 pupils are taught as mixed ability groups and follow the Edexcel BTEC Creative Media Course.The course itself consists of a hundred per cent coursework and can lead to either a Certificate, which is the equivalent of one GCSE, or to an Extended Certificate, which is the equivalent of two GCSEs.The Units studied range from Research to Production across the Media.


Examination Series

Yr11 English Language written January     2014
Yr11 English Literature written re-sits January     2014
Yr11 English Literature written Summer    2014
Yr11 English Language written Summer    2014
Yr10 English Literature written Summer    2014

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Recent Achievements

The English Department have experienced several successful trips, organised by Miss N. C. Williams, which included two theatre visits to Venue Cymru in Llandudno where Year 9 watched a production of “Scrooge” and Years 10 & 11 watched “An Inspector Calls”.

Another trip took Year 8 students to the O2 Arena in London where the Titanic exhibition was held.

The “Text Now” programme has continued to help raise students Reading Ages by two years.

(Click here for details of “Text Now“)

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