English

Head of Department: Mrs L Daly

‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.’

The English curriculum aims to inspire a love of language, literature and learning by enabling every student to read, write and speak with confidence to the best of their ability. For us, English expresses life experience in all its many forms and we want to empower students by giving them this realisation; allowing them to explore the world outside of their community whilst equipping them with the skills required for educational attainment, in order for them to cultivate their own life experiences and aspire to be the best they can be.

All learners at the Academy will meet the requirements of the National Curriculum by having the opportunity to develop literacy, oracy, critical, creative and evaluative skills whilst gaining knowledge of modern and pre- 1900 prose, poetry, drama and non-fiction texts as well as current affairs, different social and historical contexts and wider vocabulary.

The English Department aims to:

  • Provide an ambitious curriculum which maintains high expectations for all
  • Provide enjoyable lessons to help students engage in their learning journeys
  • Provide extra-curricular opportunities to enhance students’ cultural capital
  • Provide support for students who have difficulties in accessing the curriculum

We believe that our carefully planned, broad and balanced curriculum provides learners with coverage of the national curriculum, in clear programmes of study which build on prior learning in KS2, KS3 and KS4. In addition, our curriculum nurtures students to have broad cultural experiences; explore personal, social and emotional issues; grow in self-confidence and develop into mature, self-motivated students.

Our curriculum is implemented by ensuring that:

  • We have high expectations for all: every student is entered for both English Language and English Literature in year 11. We offer A Level English Literature post-16.
  • The KS3 curriculum provides additional VOR (vocabulary, oracy reading) lessons to close the vocabulary gap whilst Accelerated Reader for every student as well as reading intervention in year 7 aims to close the reading gap.
  • Teachers plan learning which allows learners to recall knowledge every lesson in order to embed learning into long term memory.
  • The expertise of teachers within the department provides opportunity for students to gain secure knowledge of a diverse range of texts and equip themselves with the skills needed to read, write and communicate effectively.

Our subject curriculum has enabled our learners to:

  • achieve qualifications in both GCSE English Language and Literature
  • enter further and higher education at LJMU, Salford, Essex and Edge Hill University to study: Creative Writing, film, Politics and English
  • attain 61% grade 4 or above in 2019 GCSEs
  • attain high grades: in 2018, students attained 2 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s. In 2019, this increased with students attaining 1 grade 9 and 8 grade 8s
  • make good progress in new vocabulary acquisition with students from years 7 to 9, increasing baseline scores on average by 25%.
The Oldershaw School
Valkyrie Road, Wallasey
Wirral CH45 4RJ
T: 0151 638 2800 E: schooloffice@oldershaw.wirral.sch.uk Principal: Mr J Bush