English & Media Studies

Meet The Curriculum Area

  • Mr A Jones – Assistant Headteacher & Curriculum Leader for English
  • Ms L Lapikens – Second in Department
  • Miss E Whittaker – Phase Coordinator
  • Mr J Wilkes – Head of Krypton House
  • Mr C Wallbank – Lead Practitioner
  • Mr C Cannings – KS3 Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs J Carriere
  • Miss A Jordan – Literacy across the curriculum lead
  • Mrs K Bullock
  • Mrs P Hendy – Librarian
  • Mrs D Copson – Assistant Teacher

About Us

The English and Media Curriculum Area at The Kingswinford School consists of teachers who have very different personalities and who teach in a variety of styles. We believe that this is a real strength, allowing our students to see a range of approaches and strategies as they move through each Key Stage, recognising that there are many ways of looking at language and literature and appreciating the role that drama and media can play in their developing experience.

One thing that we all have in common is a great love for our subjects. We want our students to experience the same enjoyment that we derive from language, literature, drama and media, and appreciate the power that each can wield to communicate ideas and emotions.

We recognise that academic success is one of the criteria by which both students and staff are judged and we are committed to doing all we can to help our students reach their full potential. Indeed, we are proud of our outstanding results. We also believe that this is only one measure of success in English. The imaginative, articulate and effective use of language, along with the satisfaction and enjoyment that can be gained through discussion and debate, are central to our ethos.

As part of The Kingswinford School, we are committed to the successful education of the whole child and believe that the Curriculum Area has a vital role to play in helping to achieve this aim. Accordingly, we have agreed the following aims:

  • To enable students to communicate more effectively in speech and writing, in styles appropriate to task and audience.
  • To enable students to develop accuracy in the basics of spelling, punctuation and expression, and to improve the presentation of their work.
  • To enable students to read literary, non-literary and media texts with increasing accuracy, fluency and understanding.
  • To develop in students an appreciation of literature from a wide range of cultures and traditions.

Above all, our aim is to foster in students an enjoyment and an understanding of language, literature and media that they will carry with them throughout their lives.

The Curriculum Area has a talented team of subject specialists. We also have our own Assistant Teachers who provide excellent support to students in lessons and after school, meaning lower ability students receive specialist teaching and additional support.

Extra curricular activities vary from year to year and include booster classes and extra tuition at KS4 for those students who wish to take advantage of this support. We organise theatre visits and reading groups and raise money for charity through the annual ‘Readathon’

The English Curriculum Area is situated in a suite of rooms and is well equipped in terms of resources. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and we have access to ICT through a computer suite and a range of netbooks. We are also continuing to develop our own materials. Students are often encouraged to make good use of computer technology to enhance their work.

Most importantly, we have committed, caring and enthusiastic members of staff who work well together, enjoy excellent relationships with the students they teach and demonstrate an enthusiasm for all aspects of English, Literature and Media.

What Will We Learn?

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9, students are taught in broad ability bands, enabling staff to utilise materials and strategies which are more closely identified with the differing needs of the individual groups. In Years 10 and 11, students are set according to ability for GCSE.

Students are assessed at all stages, both formally and informally, using a mixture of teacher assessment and testing. Great care is taken to ensure that individuals are correctly placed and have the opportunity to move between the groups according to their progress. In 2014, 97% of our students had achieved Level 5 and above by the end of KS3, with 81% achieving Level 6 and above

Key Stage 4

All of our students follow GCSE courses in English Language and English Literature, with the possibility of studying Film Studies, as a GCSE option.

Year 11 students are following the OCR examination board for English Language and Literature:

GCSE English Language

Controlled assessment: Two creative writing pieces, a study of a novel and a study of spoken language. (40% of the GCSE)

One exam consisting of analysis of several non-fiction texts and writing for a specified viewpoint (60% of the GCSE)

GCSE English Literature

Two exams consisting of:

Controlled assessment: An essay exploring a play by Shakespeare and a comparative analysis of literacy heritage poetry. (25% of the GCSE)

  • Paper 1: study of prose from another culture and modern drama (50% of the GCSE)
  • Paper 2: study of a non-fiction text and writing for a specified viewpoint (50% of the GCSE)

Year 10 are following the new English Language and Literature GCSEs, from the AQA examination board.

GCSE English Language

Two exams consisting of:

  • Paper 1: study of literature fiction text and narrative writing (50% of the GCSE)
  • Paper 2: study of a non-fiction text and writing for a specified viewpoint (50% of the GCSE)
GCSE English Literature

Two exams consisting of:

  • Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
  • Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry (60% of the GCSE)
GCSE Film Studies
  • Exploring Film - 30% of marks assessed by examination
  • Exploring Film outside Hollywood - 20% of marks assessed by examination
  • Exploring and Creating - 50% of marks assessed by controlled assessment