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Introduction from Paul Wilkes

Team Leader for English

Email: Paul Wilkes

Success in English leads to success in other areas of the curriculum and the Team works hard to promote standards of literacy across the school – not only through delivery of the English Language and Literature but also via a wide range of extra-curricular activities and workshops. (e.g. Film Club and Debate Club)

We are keen to promote independent reading and encourage pupils to respond critically and analytically to what they read.

We want pupils to enjoy lessons and the work they undertake within English.

We create as many ‘real’ writing situations as possible, encouraging pupils to enter competitions and to produce a range of written work for real audiences.

We encourage active and creative responses to the literature pupils encounter. This can be through creative tasks in lessons, such as model making and creative options with differentiated homework and lesson activities give students a sense of ownership.

The Team occupies the ground floor of the new teaching block, although due to increase in pupil numbers, some staff also teach elsewhere.

Media and Film Studies students have access to a purpose built Media Centre.