Miss Marsh — Head of English
The English Department is committed to developing a love of English for all students through engaging lessons that are designed to equip them with the skills they will need in later life. There are eight subject specialist English teachers within the English Department and we benefit from a suite of seven rooms; additionally, we have access to a set of Chrome Books. The use of large format displays and the Chrome Books enable pupils to develop their ICT skills within English lessons when appropriate. Ultimately, we aim to foster a love of English in each and every pupil so that they are able to fully achieve their potential at the end of Year 11.
Key Stage 3
All pupils in Years 7 to 9 have four hours of English per week and within this they have one hour a fortnight timetabled in the Library. This time in the Library enables students to engage with the Accelerated Reader programme and have a chance to browse both fiction and non-fiction texts before a period of silent reading.
Throughout Key Stage 3, pupils are assessed five times a year on both reading and writing skills. In addition to these assessments, they are also encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills through a final unit of work in the summer term. We feel that this encourages pupils to build the confidence to communicate clearly and effectively both in and out of the school environment.
Key Stage 4
All pupils in Year 10 and 11 study GCSE Language and Literature under the Eduqas specification. Therefore, every student leaves Holy Cross Catholic High School with two GCSE English qualifications. Pupils are regularly assessed at the end of each unit in order to inform teaching across the department; any pupils who are struggling with a particular skill or unit of work are offered targeted intervention sessions as final examinations approach.
During Key Stage 4 pupils are also regularly assessed by their class teacher, however summative assessment points are also integrated throughout the academic year at the end of each unit of work. Mock exams are also utilised at appropriate points in the academic year.