The Altius Alliance is keen to offer places for the SCITT 2017-18 cohort.
The English department has a zoned area in the upper school building. There are 11 classrooms, two of which are also Media teaching rooms that are generously resourced with a suite of Apple Macs each. The department also has a bank of portable laptops and iPads for use in the classroom.
There is a central English office, which is used as a subject workroom as well as a meeting room/teaching room for small intervention groups. There are 16 members of staff in the English department; all are subject specialists. We have strong links with both the Media and Drama departments and we are fortunate to have a teaching assistant for Literacy as well as a part time admin assistant.
Years 7, 8 and 9 have 7/8 English lessons a fortnight and follow our new and innovative KS3 curriculum with a clear focus on creativity and challenge. Each student will study Shakespeare; poetry and prose and drama from the English Heritage as well as other cultures; media and non-fiction texts and will be assessed at regular intervals for progress in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Particular attention is given to the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar and appropriate intervention is provided to enable all students to access the curriculum and achieve their potential. All KS3 pupils also experience a 'Let's Think in English' once a fortnight. These are lessons specially designed to encourage critical thinking skills and promote healthy and though provoking discussion and they form just a small part of the KS3 Oracy programme that enables all pupils to develop the skills of effective spoken communication and confidence. The Oracy programme covers areas such as the use of Standard English, dramatic reading, presenting to an audience, debating skills and classroom dialogue. The department sets challenging targets and expects students to make better than ‘nationally expected’ progress wherever possible.
In Year 9 the students begin a ‘transition’ year where the curriculum is geared towards more independent learning in preparation for the rigorous demands of KS4. We endeavour to ensure that they have encountered as wide a range of different texts as possible and have mastered the necessary skills and strategies to embark on the courses with confidence.
At KS4 we deliver two GCSE courses in English Language and Literature; we are using the new AQA specifications. All KS4 pupils have 10 lessons a fortnight and they also have two teachers: one for Language and one for Literature. We feel this gives equal value to each GCSE and also allows us to lay secure foundations for continued study in KS5.
The English department has a full calendar of enrichment activities, clubs and events that run throughout the year: students enjoy participating in both external and internal competitions as well as attending cinema and theatre trips.
All members of the English department are trained as Subject Mentors and we are proud of the support and guidance our Associate Teachers receive. They are included in the day-to-day running of the department, attend all department meetings and extra-curricular activities and are fortunate in having a large team of specialist subject teachers ready and willing to assist in their training.
How to apply
Please apply via the UCAS website>
UCAS code: 2LG7
All offers are conditional upon passing the pre-entry skills tests in Mathematics and English. We advise that these are passed prior to application, but where they have not been both tests will need to have been passed within six weeks of a place being offered to fulfil the conditions of that offer.
- A 2:2 honours degree or above awarded by a UK University or equivalent
- GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or better
- Recent and relevant school experience in UK schools in the last two years
- To be able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English