The Crest Girls' Academy

English Faculty

Performance & Benefits

  • All staff have a passion for teaching and learning and we aim to make our lessons active and engaging.
  • This year 80% of our year 9s achieved level 5 or above.
  • At GCSE, 69% of students achieved a grade C or above in English and 83% achieved a grade C or above in English Literature.
  • Crest girls enjoy our lessons and we are a high achieving faculty within the school.

Curriculum Information/ How we teach:

We teach a broad and varied curriculum that embraces the diverse nature of our student population. We incorporate a wide range of learning and teaching strategies, which enable all our students to succeed. Individual, pair and group work form the basis for learning in English. Reading, writing and speaking and listening are all given equal status and we teach the skills that students will need to be effective learners both at school and beyond.

We offer different pathways for students to reflect their personal needs and strengths; from extra support in literacy to early entry for GCSE, we are flexible in our approach so that all students achieve their full potential.

We value literature and aim to establish a love of reading in all of our students, through our Accelerated Reader scheme, as well as through our lively and creative teaching. We empower our students to develop their confidence and independence as learners and in social situations that require high levels of literacy and complex thought.

Some of the topics that we teach at key stage 3:

Year 7 Transition unit – how to cope with secondary school, building English skills Fairytales ‘Abomination’ by Robert Swindells Introduction to Poetry Introduction to Shakespeare – including closer study of ‘Macbeth’

Year 8 ‘Henry Sugar’ by Roald Dahl ‘The Apprentice’: The World of Advertising The History of the English Language ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman ‘Holes’: Wrong Side of the Law

Year 9 ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo Current affairs: What’s in the news? ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ by William Shakespeare Love through the Ages: poetry across time ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

Some of the topics that we teach at key stage 4:

Creative writing Spoken Language Conflict Poetry ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck ‘1984’ by George Orwell ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare

We do AQA GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and English.

Assessment methods:

We assess our students’ progress regularly at key stage 3, using landmark assessments across the whole year group, and using this information to personalise our teaching to suit our students.

We also use peer and self assessment regularly to ensure that students are aware of their own progress and can set themselves targets to improve.

These methods of assessment help our students to prepare for the controlled assessment tasks that they will be undertaking in key stage 4.

Trips and visits/ extra-curricular activities:

There are regular theatre trips for key stage 4 and 5, as well as theatre workshops for all key stages.  We also run a ‘Love Film’ group – a club for students to watch and discuss films.

We recently held a ‘Hunger Games’ day as a reward for the hard work that our year 9s had out into their English studies – a day which involved an ‘arena’ treasure hunt task, drama workshops, outfit creation and finally watching the film. A fantastic day for everyone involved!

We also have close links with the Donmar Warehouse and our sixth formers regularly benefit from £5 tickets for performances, script-writing, drama and production workshops. Some of our sixth formers even got the opportunity to work with Mark Haddon on a project!

How parents can help/support their daughters:

You can help your daughter by supporting her to become an active reader. You could ask her what she is reading and questions about the story. You could take her to the library to help her to broaden her literary awareness and interest. It is also excellent to supporting your daughter’s writing by reading work that she has written and encouraging her to write for pleasure.

You could also support her by asking about what she is learning in English and supporting her with homework, including checking her planner and encouraging her to complete independent research on the topics that she is covering in lessons. It is also very important that you attend parents’ evenings.

Staff

  • Ms S. Grant (Assistant Director English and Media)
  • Ms L. Hajro (Deputy Assistant Director English and Media)
  • Ms N. Clarkson (Teacher in charge of Media)
  • Mr S. Richards (Teacher of English)
  • Ms K. Ashley (Teacher of English)
  • Ms R. Romaine (Teacher of English)
  • Ms F. Roca (Teacher of English)
  • Ms E. Grunwald (Teacher of English)
  • Ms L. Palmer (Teacher of English)
  • Ms E. Regan (Teacher of English)
  • Ms S. Zabielski (Teacher of English)
  • Ms L. Halil (Teacher of English)
  • Ms L. Gamble (Teacher of English)
  • Ms R. Arnold (Teacher of English and Drama)
  • Ms S. Curtain (Teacher of English)
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