At Richmond Park Academy we recognise that English and literacy skills underpin success across the curriculum. This is also reflected in the league tables and the double weighting of GCSEs in English and literature.
Speaking and listening is a central part of English. Student-talk to aid thinking, share understanding, or as part of planning and writing is encouraged.
We aim to foster a culture of reading in the broadest sense. The Accelerated Reading Scheme at Key Stage 3 (KS3) is led by the English department. Its aim is to promote reading of appropriate material for all students and track progress or reading age at regular intervals.
There are five full-time English teachers in the department. We also have two teachers who join us at KS3 from the SEND team. This year Mr Potopov teaches Post 16 English Literature and Creative Writing.
Our English is timetabled for five lessons a week at both Key Stage 3 and 4.
Students are taught in streamed classes according to ability. The schemes of work are the same for all students, but the text choices or skills development their teacher will focus on may be different.
At GCSE level all students do two GCSEs; English language and literature, regardless of ability. The new AQA 9-1 papers are not tiered.
Our current GCSE groups follow the AQA board. They will eventually sit four terminal exam papers; two in language and two in literature.
AS and A2 Literature are now on offer at Post 16 and our first students. Creative writing is another option for 6th formers until the end of 2016. We follow the AQA Lit B course at this level.
We extend our passion for talk, reading and writing in an extracurricular capacity. Young Publishers, Creative Writing, Debating and workshops to hone particular skills are on offer beyond lessons. We also invite certain students to Saturday school for extra support.