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Welcome to Saint Catherine’s College English Department!
Information for parents
At Key Stage Three, learning in the English classroom is diverse, fun and challenging. The diagram outlines some of the learning experiences built into Key Stage 3 curriculum:
The Department is mainly housed in a suite of five classrooms in the Main School Building and in three additional English rooms in the Barat Building. All rooms are equipped with audio-visual resources, including inter-active whiteboards and several Apple Macs for the study of Media.
English forms part of the statutory curriculum for pupils in Years 8 - 12 and English Literature GCSE is offered to some pupils, usually two classes, when they reach Key Stage 4. AS/A2 level English Language and Literature is also on offer and a successful arrangement of shared teaching of AS/A2 level classes has developed over recent years. It engages in an extensive range of theatre trips and other co-curricular activities and runs regular competitions, the most competitive and popular being the Year 8 Debating and year 8 and 10 Poetry Competition and the Year 9 Creative Writing competitions. It is a busy, welcoming, colourful department which is receptive to new suggestions to improve the quality of its provision.
The English Department engages in an extensive range of theatre trips and other co-curricular activities and runs regular competitions, the most competitive and popular being the Year 8 Debating Festival, the Year 8 and 10 Poetry Competition, our Spelling Bee combats and the Year 9 Creative Writing competitions.
GCSE Journalism and AS/A2 Media Studies are also being taught. It is a busy, welcoming, colourful department which is receptive to new suggestions from pupils, parents and guardians, working closely with all support staff and teams to improve the quality of our provision. All English Language, English Literature, Journalism and Media Studies teaching courses are accessible online via MOODLE.
The content of the Key Stage 4 English Language and English Literature Programmes is determined by teachers' responses to the demands of the OCR specifications. Three teachers share responsibility for A level work (OCR Board).
Examination results in the English Department are well above the national average.
Do you want to see some of this learning in action? Access our LINKs to YouTube where you can watch footage of sample lessons.
See for yourself what we do...