Mrs N Walker – English Subject Leader
Mr J Diggory – English Assistant Subject Leader (responsible for Key Stage 3)
Mr S Fink – Teacher of English (responsible for Literacy)
Miss E Rawlings – Teacher of English (Teacher in Charge of Film Studies)
Mrs P Law – Teacher of English
Miss B McConville – Teacher of English (Senior Leader)
Ethos of the Department
To ensure that the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda permeates every aspect of our work
Objectives: To ensure that
- Each child feels valued and secure.
- Each child makes academic progress.
- Each child is aware of her potential and her strengths and areas for improvement.
- Each child is given realistic but challenging targets to facilitate progress.
- Each child understands what she is being asked to do and how tasks will facilitate progress.
- Each child is given the opportunity to voice ideas and contribute positively to lessons.
- Each child has high self-esteem even if she struggles with some aspects of the subject.
- Each child feels able to ask for help and advice.
- Each child genuinely believes English lessons are worthwhile.
English Enrichment activities 2017-18
28th Sep: National Poetry Day
All classes across the curriculum had a poem read to them at the start of their lessons.
3rd Oct: Open Evening poetry competition
Year 6 pupils came to visit the school and were given the opportunity to enter a poetry competition on the theme of Freedom. Our winner was Oyinkansola Akaro.
A feeling everyone has
The flutter of wings
The roar of a lion
Lay in your hands
How can you be free?
Don’t be afraid
Show yourself to the world.
12th Dec: ‘A Christmas Carol’ performance
Years 9, 10 and 11 were given the opportunity to watch a performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Quantum Theatre Company.
Nov and Dec: Readathon
Year 8 pupils were invited to take part in a sponsored Readathon run by Read for Good and in aid of their Hospital programme providing storytellers and books to children in hospital. They raised £360 which beat all the previous amounts raised by Year 8 over the 7 years that Sacred Heart has been supporting Readathon.
26th Feb: Globe trip to see ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
We braved the cold and snow to take Year 8 to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London to see a performance of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
9th Mar: World Book Day
Having postponed World Book Day due to the snow, staff embraced their opportunity to dress up as fictional characters. Each department chose a novel to ‘be’ and the pupils had to try and guess all the teachers’ characters.
Spring term: Reading challenge
127 girls took part in an Inter-House Reading Challenge and read 580 books were read in total. The results were:
1st place Thanet 8 points
2nd Place Whitby 6 points
3rd Place Rievaulx 4 points
4th Place Lindisfarne 2 points
Hilary Tse was overall winner, reading 66 books!
14th May: Mental Health Awareness Week poetry competition
The English department ran a poetry competition in support of the school’s Mental Health Week. Our winning entry was from Elisabeta Darie.
Second place went to Dominika Pacholec with ‘Drained’:
18th Jun: Healthy Living Week ‘Recipe for Life’ writing competition
The English department ran a creative writing competition in support of the school’s Healthy Living Week. Our winning entry was from Cara Treacy.
27th Jun: Year 10 ‘Macbeth’ workshop with Chicken and Frog bookshop
We were gifted a visit from Brentwood’s Chicken and Frog bookshop who ran a session with Year 10 on ‘Macbeth’.
17th Jul: Year 9 Spelling Bee
After 15 weeks of spelling tests in class, the Year 9 winners took part in a Spelling Bee. Our overall winner was Jewel Emereonye.
A Level English Literature specification
GCSE English Language specification
GCSE English Literature specification