English and Media Studies

Welcome to the English Faculty, which is one of the largest in the school, with over 20 specialist English teachers, some of whom also offer Media Studies. We currently have 2 Acting Co-Heads of Department, one of whom is responsible for Key Stage 5 English and the other for KS4 English) and a Head of Foundation English. Although on maternity leave, the Faculty is usually run by Miss E Roberts, an Assistant Headteacher who also leads on the Quality of Teaching across the school.

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. 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 the Sixth Form, two A Level subjects are offered: English Language and English Literature. Student numbers are very healthy; typically, we offer 2 groups per subject per academic year.. Most of them find the courses we offer challenging and enjoyable, and each year some students are motivated to continue their study of English at university.

Media courses are well established within the faculty. It is a popular and successful subject in the Sixth Form. We have been offering A Level Media Studies for a number of years with consistently good results. Many students go on to study a media-related discipline at university.

Outside the taught curriculum, we are keen to involve pupils and students in enjoying and developing their reading and writing through, for example, 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. We hope that our students’ experience of Language and Literature study will help to prepare them for 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 A Davies and Mrs A Webb – Co-Heads of English Department