English and Media Studies

Welcome to the English Faculty, which is one of the largest in the school, with over 20 specialist English teachers. The department is led by an Assistant Headteacher, Miss E Roberts, who also leads on Quality of Teaching across the school. She is supported by three Heads of Key Stage: Ms K Terry (Foundation); Mrs V Cripps (KS4) and Mrs A Webb (KS5 – English Literature, English Language and Media Studies).

All students at Maiden Erlegh follow the English National Curriculum in Years 7 and 8; we treat Year 9 as a preparatory year for KS4.

When they reach Year 10, students move onto the GCSE course with Edexcel. All students will take both English Language and English Literature, with some students also being entered for Edexcel’s Entry Level qualification where appropriate. Last year saw a pass rate at grade 4 and above in English Language of 85% and in Literature at 90%.  We strive to offer students a range of literary texts that will engage and inspire them.

In Year 12, two A Level subjects are currently offered: English Language and English Literature. Both subjects are popular options which build on their GCSE studies to provide students with new challenges and a wide variety of texts and approaches to enjoy. Each course provides opportunities for students to choose their own areas for independent study whether that be developing a Marxist interpretation of a 20th century novel or an exploration of a chosen genre and the opportunity to craft two original texts. Many students choose to continue their English studies at undergraduate level but the courses also provide students with a strong foundation in written and spoken language, as well as transferable skills which will serve them well regardless of their future pathway.

Outside the taught curriculum, we are keen to involve pupils and students in enjoying and developing their reading and writing through a range of extra-curricular opportunities, including competitions and clubs. We also look for opportunities to visit the theatre, particularly in relation to the texts set for study at GCSE and A Level. As well as fostering a life-long enjoyment and/or appreciation of literature and language, we work hard to ensure that our curriculum effectively prepares students for all aspects of their future lives.

We aim, of course, to maintain the high academic standards we have set in recent years. Most of all, though, we want to foster every student’s interest and ability in our subjects by providing an experience that is rich, enjoyable and inspiring.

Miss E Roberts – Assistant Headteacher - Standards Lead for English