Welcome to the English Department
“If you only ever read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Murakami
It is this sentiment which underpins our vision for our students of English at Salendine Nook High School. By the end of their five year learning journey with us, students will have fostered an appreciation of the depth and power of our literary and cultural heritage. In equal measure, they will be able to think and communicate creatively and independently; therefore shaping the minds of the future generation.
Across Key Stage Three, our schemes of work have been sequenced to deliver the National Curriculum in a way that is stimulating and thought provoking. Students are offered every opportunity to demonstrate a personal response whether that be in reading, writing or through spoken language. Every year, students study a range of poetry, a novel, a play and 20th/21st Century writing that incorporate many relevant social, cultural and philosophical themes and topics. We strive to ensure our students acquire the necessary skills and harness a love for English that they can build upon in later years.
At Key Stage Four, we examine with AQA. Students will acquire two GCSEs by the end of their studies: English Language and English Literature. Currently, students study the following texts for Literature: Macbeth, An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol, Unseen Poetry and a variety of poems from the AQA Power and Conflict poetry cluster.
Through clubs such as Creative Writing Club, Debate Club, Carnegie Reading and the student-led School Newspaper ‘Nook Book’, the English team passionately contributes to the wider curriculum at SNHS. Whether students are interested in creative writing, journalism or voicing their opinion, there are exciting opportunities for all.
Miss Jess White
Director of English
Meet the Team
Miss J White
Director of English
Mrs F Gibson
Teacher (Second in Department)
Miss S Babar
Miss S Buckley
Teacher (KS3 Coordinator)
Miss C Griffin
Mrs A Hepworth-Tweed
Teacher (Literacy Coordinator)
Mrs J Hester
Miss E Hill
Below you will be able to read what your child is studying during each half term. ‘Key Stage Three’ will give an overview of study for Years 7, 8 and 9. ‘Key Stage Four’ will outline teaching content for Years 10 and 11.
The ‘Curriculum Rationale’ will give you the reasoning behind why we teach your child what we do and why we have chosen to order the topics in the way we have.
We hope that you will find this information useful, but if you require anything further about your child’s education in this subject please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Department.