Newhaven School

Newhaven School


Welcome to the English Department

We, as a team, want to provide our students with skills that enrich their lives and help prepare them for the modern world.  This includes helping to develop their literacy skills, analytical thinking and providing confidence in their ability to communicate through spoken language.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Key Stage 3 students are provided with a dynamic and engaging curriculum which aims to build and develop key skills.  This will help prepare students for their future, help them gain confidence and embed the core skills needed to complete the GCSE exam.  At the end of Key Stage 3, students will complete an English assessment endorsed by AQA.  This will help prepare students for the rigor and requirements of Key Stage 4.  Students may also be given the opportunity to complete Entry Level qualifications in English through Edexcel.   

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

During Key Stage 4, students will have the opportunity to complete the English Language course at GCSE level.  Students will develop fluency and understanding across a wide range of 19th, 20th and 21st century texts, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism. Using knowledge gained from a wide range of reading texts to inform and improve their own writing is central to the KS4 curriculum. They will also acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language. The AQA English language qualification will be graded on a nine-point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade. 

Students may also be given the opportunity to take an additional IGCSE in English Literature. They key texts they will study are Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls, Of Mice and Men and a range of modern poetry. They will also have the chance to sit a Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications through Edexcel.

AQA GCSE English Language

Click here for the AQA English language specification.

Edexcel IGCSE English Literature

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Edexcel Functional Skills English, Entry level, Level 1 and Level 2

Click here for the Edexcel Functional Skills specification