The English Department at Accrington Academy is committed to ensuring that the needs of all our students are met. 2015’s examination results bear testimony to this where our students achieved 63% A*-C in GCSE English Language. 73% of our students met expected progress along with 34% exceeding expected progress which is better than the national average. 94% of our A Level students achieved an A*-C grade and the cohort received an ALPs grade 2 that is rated as outstanding.
We are committed to our students developing their skills in the basics of functional English, we are also keen to promote academic rigour with a love and enjoyment of the subject. The English Department offers a stimulating, diverse and creative curriculum. The study of English is broadly split into three skill areas: Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. The students will be assessed in each of these skills over the course of their studies in each year group. Our students progress from securing basic skills in reading and writing, to analysing a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, to creating their own original works. The skills developed and embedded, support all students in their progression from KS2 to KS5, maximizing their chances of success.
The Academy has adopted the Edexcel exam board following the change to the new 9-1 curriculum where the students have to study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts along with developing creative, discursive and transactional writing. At Key Stage 5, our students follow the new AQA AS and A Level in English Language and Literature. The course includes the study of a range of fiction and non-fiction texts including poetry, novels, blogs and plays. They also learn how to adapt their writing to suit a given purpose and audience with accuracy and precision.
Theatre visits are offered where appropriate. In addition we had planned to visit Paris (as we study an anthology containing a range of texts about Paris) – unfortunately due to the terrorist events this had to be cancelled, however we hope to offer this in the future.
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Mr L. Croniken
As the Subject Leader for English, you would hope I have a love of words and I do! I am an avid ‘Scrabble’ and ‘Countdown’ fan! My favourite text to teach is ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ as the themes of the text really provoke classroom discussion and it remains relevant to this day. I strive to make use of multi-media in my lessons through IWB and iPad use. My choice of thematic music have sparked many a comment at the start of a new topic!
Mrs A. McDonald
I love to read! Whether it’s Victorian Literature or an article online. I think the English Language is fascinating and I always wanted to find out more about it. My favourite topic to teach is poetry, as I like to show that poetry is not so difficult to understand and is full of information to analyse. I like my lessons to be full of discussion and creativity.
Mrs S. Mahmood
My love of English is always being reinforced through language analysis. Whilst I could happily analyse any piece of text, there is a special place in my heart for poetry. I think of poems as multi-layered riddles that need de-coding; each piece of the puzzle unlocks another yet another possibility. Poems are simply ‘the gift that keeps giving’ for students of all abilities. The new GCSE specifications value contextual knowledge, which is a superb gift for someone who initially couldn’t pick between history and English; I now have the best of both worlds!
Mrs V. Lane
I have had a passion for English for as long as I can remember! It is the subject that always came naturally to me and teaching others felt like the perfect way to pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm. I am definitely a logophile (a person who loves words) and therefore enjoy reading texts and analysing their purpose, as well as the effect they have on readers. My students joke that I could analyse anything… and I often do. I struggle to choose a favourite book, however I love teaching texts that grip my students. For example, “Blood Brothers” (which never fails to entertain), “The Lovely Bones” (that shocks you in the opening pages) or “Touching the Void” (that leaves you gripping your chair in suspense). I feel it’s important to suit the needs of my students and therefore strive to make my lessons engaging and varied- One day you could be literally building paragraphs (I’m a fan of Duplo), another quizzing each other on what you’ve learned and the next you could be enacting a play or novel… The options are endless.
Miss Z. Disley
Miss Z. Griffiths
Miss T. Gunston
Ms A. Farrar
Miss S. Willis-Hicks
Mr M. Holmes
Miss E. Samworth
‘I love the way English has developed my analytical skills. I now think outside the box and can read into the many meanings behind language choices. In addition to this, I’ve found that it has a number of transferrable skills that fit with my other subjects. Plus, it comes with a credibility that is desirable by both employers and universities.’