The English Department
The English Department is dynamic, exciting and forward-thinking. The team consists of the Head of Department (in charge of KS4), Second in Department (in charge of KS5), two KS3 co-ordinators and 5 English teachers. We are an APP lead department in Worcester LEA and have close links with Birmingham University, training PGCE students throughout the year. In June 2009 the English Department were Ofsted inspected and we were graded ‘good with outstanding features’. This is a reflection of our high standards of achievement, support for students and successful results. Pupils experience a rigorous, challenging and enjoyable curriculum in English, and we offer a full programme of enrichment activities throughout the year for pupils in all key stages. The English team are committed to helping your child achieve their best in English at Woodrush.
We teach KS3 and KS5 pupils for 4 hours per week (including one literacy lesson) and KS4 pupils for 3 hours per week. Students are taught in sets according to their ability. There are 7 classes in Years 7,8,10 and 11 and 8 in Year 9. At KS3 we cover core modules,including poetry, prose, non-fiction, media and drama and these are common to all classes to ensure breadth and consistency. We are constantly updating schemes of work in our drive to make the curriculum as lively and enjoyable for pupils as possible. This year, we have also provided a selection of Year 9 students with an opportunity to gain the Extended Project Qualification GCSE.
We are currently delivering the AQA English Language and Literature GCSE to KS4 students and are compiling new schemes of work to enhance the teaching and learning of the new syllabus. Years 10 are currently allocated four English lessons a week and Year 11 have three English lessons a week. Results at Key Stage 4 are excellent with 89% of students achieving A* to C in English and 89% of students achieving A* to C in Literature in 2012. As of September, we will also be offering Media and Film Studies (two separate GCSEs) as an option for students in Key Stage 4.
At KS5 we currently offer A Level English Language and Literature, A Level Literature and A Level Film Studies. Year 12 and 13 are taught by two teachers during four 60 minute lessons a week. These courses are extremely popular and students achieve excellent grades.
We have a strong commitment to both departmental and extra-curricular activities. Students have taken part in poetry and writing competitions both in school and nationwide. We have recently organised large scale, whole school celebrations of World Book Day.
We have set up a 6th form newsletter with a small, enthusiastic group of 6th formers taking ownership of this. In February, we also took a group of A Level students to New York. Furthermore theatre companies and writers regularly visit the school and bring texts to life for all students. We are also interested in making links with other schools, especially abroad, and have formed links with schools in Africa and China.