In English, we aim to inspire learners, regardless of their starting point, to value the magic that can be found in words, whilst guiding them in their acquisition of the literacy skills needed to represent themselves positively in life beyond St. Bede’s. The English Curriculum at St. Bede’s is designed to encourage learners to appreciate the power of vocabulary, develop a reflective approach to their reading of texts and apply their rich understanding of language to their own writing. St. Bede’s English Department is successful and experienced, staffed by a specialist team.
During KS3 (Years 7-9), we aim to ensure that learners experience an English curriculum that is rich in subject knowledge and depth. Learners’ experience of English is fruitful, wide ranging and not ‘taught to a test’. Throughout KS3, students will acquire and enhance the vital skills needed for Literacy and appreciation of literary works. As learners progress to KS4 (Years 10- 11), we follow the AQA GCSE English Language and Literature courses where learners will build on their understanding and skills developed in the Key Stage 3 programme of study for English.