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“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.” 
― Henry David Thoreau



The English department are dedicated to teach pupils lessons that are meaningful, engaging and challenging; that prepare them fully for exam success, but also well beyond that, because we realise each pupil is unique and learning is life- long.

We are a department of tradition and innovation; of collaboration and independence; and of consistency and flexibility.

As teachers we embrace the four “concepts” of teaching English:

  • Competence: we want all pupils to be skilled and fluent communicators, and be adept in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Creativity: we want all pupils to experience language as a mode of expression and imagination.
  • Cultural Understanding: we want all pupils to appreciate the legacy of the English language through great works of literature; and how it is evolving in the wake of fresh challenges.
  • Critical Understanding: we want all pupils to analyse how language is used to persuade and influence.

Each of us is proud to have the privilege of teaching English to the pupils of Silverdale School.

Key Stage 3:

At KS3 classes are taught in mixed ability groups. Each half term pupils study a different literary form (novel, poetry, drama, literary non-fiction) and develop their creative and analytical skills in extended pieces of writing. Furthermore, pupils learn through group work, speaking and listening, drama and media-based activities as well as preparing their reading and writing skills for the final assessments in Year 11.

Key Stage 4:

At KS4 all pupils prepare for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature using the AQA specification. Pupils will consolidate skills of reading closely and writing for different purposes as well as study classic works of English Literature.

Key Stage 5:

We offer four successful A Levels in the English department:

  • English Language (AQA Spec B)
  • English Literature (AQA Spec B)
  • English Language and Literature (WJEC)
  • Media Studies (AQA)