Head of Faculty 

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Jon Hall
email: jhall@heatonmanor.net

The Faculty of English includes the subject areas of English Language and English Literature.

Lower School

Throughout the school, English is taught in three broad ability bands. In Years 7-9 students study units based on poetry, prose, drama, media and narrative. We aim to provide a varied and stimulating curriculum, allowing students to develop and extend their experience in English.

Upper School

In Years 10-11 students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus. Assessment for English Language and English Literature is based on final examinations with a huge emphasis placed upon exam skills throughout Year 10 and 11. 

English Language and Literature are both examined in May/June of Year 11 and as such are taught in tandem across the two year period. This allows students a greater flexibility in their study of English and allows the department to provide additional support within the curriculum through the use of HLTA staff and in Period 7 support activities.

Sixth Form

The department offers English Language, English Literature and English Language and Literature at AS and A Level.

The English Literature course (Edexcel) offers students a diversity of texts drawn from a variety of genres and periods. At AS Level, we study Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and Sarah Waters’ ‘The Little Stranger’ as part of a unit on supernatural prose texts. Students also study ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and a collection of modern poems from the ‘Poems of the Decade’ anthology. At A Level, students study a Shakespeare play and the Romantic poets.

In English Language (AQA) students explore and investigate the ways that meanings are created in a diverse range of spoken and written texts. They study theories and concepts related to linguistic analysis and, at A Level, they look at child acquisition of language and the ways that language has changed over time.

English Language and Literature (AQA) is a course that combines elements of the separate Language and Literature options. Students apply aspects of linguistic study to literary and non-literary texts. At AS Level, they study ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Ann Sebold, an anthology of spoken and written texts related to Paris and a selection of poetry by Carol Ann Duffy. At A Level they read more widely and produce re-creative written responses.

All three A Level English options offer a coursework component in the second year (A Level).


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