The English department at Prospect School firmly believe that we teach the best subject. Not only do you learn to become better readers and writers by studying English, but you also get to study some of the finest literature the world has ever seen. By engaging with these world class pieces of art, you will see the world through different lenses. You will learn about friendship, love, conflict, revenge, society and what it is to be a good, moral person. You will read life changing and life affirming books – ones you will never forget. Our experienced team of English experts look forward to welcoming you into our classrooms where we will be taking journeys through space and time to grow as people both academically and pastorally.

Being able to articulate yourself is the most important skill you’ll ever learn. If you want to be an upstanding member of your community, being able to fluently read and write is of paramount importance. At Prospect school, we don’t believe in streaming students when they’re in Year 7, so, whichever stage you’re at when it comes to studying English, you’ll have the same chance as everyone else to progress, do well and achieve your best.

Mr D Furkins Head of English

Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 is used as a bridge between primary school and studying GCSEs. You’ll read and study fantastic books such as ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Noughts and Crosses’ alongside plays such as ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s dream’ and ‘The Tempest’. These books are used as a tool through which we teach key literacy skills including different reading strategies, grammar, spelling and writing both fiction and non-fiction texts.

To encourage a lifelong reading culture, we also use the Accelerated Reader programme.

Key Stage 4

English Language is a skills-based qualification where you’re examined on your ability to read and write fiction and non-fiction texts. It is important that students of all abilities continue to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts, students will learn to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

English Language is a creative course which students find highly rewarding. Through class discussion, group work and individual written assignments, you will learn how to read and analyse texts independently. We will focus on the language and structure of both fiction and non-fiction writing and you’ll also continue to learn the skills of identifying and synthesizing information.
You will evaluate and compare texts and be tested on both your reading and writing skills.

English Language A level

English A Level is about both verbal and written communication. It is a demanding and rewarding course. The examinations require a very thorough
knowledge and understanding of the set texts and test your ability to evaluate, analyse and criticise as well as apply knowledge about written and spoken English language.
The English Language and Literature course aims to combine the skills of reading with creative use of writing and analysis of spoken and written English. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to pursue their own interests in the English language, how it has changed over time and how it varies across the country. Students will be expected to engage in a wide range of literary and non-literary texts including studying a novel and an anthology.

Entry requirements

Students need a  passion for English Language and writing.

  • Be a keen reader and enjoy being challenged by more complex English Language and Literary concepts.
  • Be a critical thinker who is willing to engage in analysis and debate about
    English Language and Literary texts.
  • Be able to work well independently and with others.
  • Be able to manage your time effectively.
  • To have an aptitude to write fluently and accurately.

Entry Requirement

  • GCSE English or English Literature at grade 6 or above.
  • Four other GCSE passes at grade 5 (or equivalent) or above.

Mr D Furkins

Head of English

Ms K Ray

Lead Practitioner in English

Ms M Mahere

KS5 English Coordinator

Mr G Akroyde

English assessment coordinator

Mr T Sheehan

Literacy Across the Curriculum Co-ordinator

Mr A Dieu

English Teacher

Mr G John-Rose

English Teacher

Mr T Farrall

English Teacher

Ms S Hyde

Drama/English Teacher

Miss C Clay-Smith

English Teacher

Ms M Ellard

Intervention Specialist

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