English

Staffing

Mr S Porter – Head of English and Film Studies: porters@maghullhigh.com 

Miss N Murphy – Associate Assistant Head Teacher/Acting Head of English: murphyn@maghullhigh.com

Ms D Keenan - Assistant Head of English – keenand@maghullhigh.com

Mrs W Burns - Teacher of English: burnsw@maghullhigh.com 

Mr T Devling – Teacher of English: devlingt@maghullhigh.com 

Mrs J Evans – Teacher of English: evansj@maghullhigh.com 

Ms N Guy – Head of Performing Arts/Teacher of English: guyn@maghullhigh.com 

Miss H Lynes – Teacher of English: lynesh@maghullhigh.com 

Mrs L Middleman – Teacher of English and Drama: middlemanl@maghullhigh.com 

Miss H Walsh – Teacher of English and Film Studies: walshh@maghullhigh.com 

Mrs H Brogden – Whole School Literacy Coordinator: brogdenh@maghullhigh.com 

Mrs V Christian – Library Resource Centre Manager: christianv@maghullhigh.com 

Our English department is currently staffed with ten dedicated teachers who strive to deliver an exciting, engaging and enriching English curriculum to every student at Maghull High School. English is at the heart of everything we do. It is reading, writing, thinking and speaking and is it our responsibility to foster students’ love of both language and literature. Our aim is to equip student with a wealth of knowledge and skills that they are then able to build and apply to all aspects of study and life. English is taught across all three key stages at Maghull High School: Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9), Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) and Key Stage 5 (Year12 and 13).

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students have eight English lessons every fortnight with year 7 and 8 students having one reading lesson per fortnight in our LRC as part of their Accelerated Reader programme. A key aim is to ensure we harbour a love of reading a Key Stage 3 and insist that most lessons begin with reading – either independently with their own reading book, or as whole class using a class reader. Throughout year 7 -9 students will explore a range of literary texts (both fiction and non-fiction) from 19th – 20th Century. Students will identify the methods used by a writer which enables them to carefully craft their writing to produce an engaging and thought-provoking text. Students will have the opportunity to compose their own writing including both creative and transactional pieces. Students will explore how performance is used in plays, including the work of Shakespeare. Students will analyse unseen poetry as well as being tasked with creating their own anthology. 

Year 7 Information

Year 8 Information

Year 9 Information

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students have ten English lessons every fortnight as they prepare for their GCSE examination. In English, students have the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs: one in Language and one in Literature. As they enter into Year 10, students will begin to apply their knowledge and skills built up throughout Key Stage 3 in order to access a range of texts across a variety of genres. 

For English Language, students are expected to critically analyse unseen fiction and non-fiction texts before exploring the impact on the reader. Students will consider carefully how a writer has used language and structural devices to interest the reader, before comparing ideas across two texts. Students are also expected to produce extended pieces of creative writing such as a description or a narrative, as well as arguing their viewpoint through transactional writing. 

Our study of Literature will see students covering texts such as Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls and Blood Brothers. Students will also apply their poetic skills to study a range of unseen poetry as well as completing a study of 15 poems from their Power and Conflict anthology.

Year 10 Information

Year 11 Information

Key Stage 5

English Language and Literature remains a popular choice for those studying at A Level. Students in Year 12 and 13 have nine English lessons a fortnight with our most experienced and committed team of expert English teachers. Students will complete a two year study before completing their A Level examinations during the summer term of Year 13. Throughout their study, students will use their knowledge and skills acquired at Key Stage 4 to be able to delve deeper into a range of texts and produce a critical analysis of how a text is crafted to convey meaning and purpose. Students will study texts that range from past and present centuries such as Frankenstein and The Kite Runner. Through their linguistic study, students will explore a range of literary texts which are thematically linked to the city of Paris. Students will critically evaluate poetry from Seamus Heaney as well as exploring dramatic performance in A Streetcar Named Desire. Students will also complete their own independent literary and linguistic analysis through a comparison of two texts of their choosing as part of their NEA (non-exam assessment) unit which counts for 20% of their overall grade.

Homework

At Key Stage 3, students will be set one homework per week as either an independent task, or as part of an extended project linked to their topic of work. Students are also expected to complete independent reading on a regular basis at home. 

At Key Stage 4, students will be set at least one piece of homework per week as well as online revision tasks on either Seneca or GCSE Pod. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to complete further independent study through practice papers and questions. It is expected that students are regularly at home, particularly set exam texts. Students are also expected to be completing regular revision either through use of recommended revision guides, class work or online revision tasks. 

At Key Stage 5 students will be set regular independent study tasks to meet with the demands of the course. Students will also be expected to carry out independent research to support their coursework task, as well as ensuring coursework is completed to a high standard and meets recommended deadlines. In order to support students with their study of English at A Level, students are also required to complete regular independent reading outside of lessons to ensure they exposed to a wide range of literature. 

Extra-curricular study in English

Students will be provided with opportunities to attend live performances outside of school in a range of theatres, as well as in school. 

Each week, our dedicated English team run revision sessions for our Key Stage 4 and 5 students to help prepare them for their examinations. Revision sessions run after-school and during lunchtimes.

Our LRC is open every lunchtime and after-school every night for students to access a range of reading materials, as well as complete homework and revision.

To further develop our extra-curricular offer, it is our intention to begin a film club for Key Stage 3 students, as well as organise further excursions to places such as Liverpool Central Library and Universities. For A Level students, we will be inviting university speakers to meet the group to discuss studying English in Higher Education. We will be inviting further guest speakers into school, such as local journalists, to help nurture our students’ enthusiasm for our subject and understand opportunities that are available to all through their study of English.

Assessment:

Assessment is used frequently and consistently in English to help inform planning and to accurately track and monitor the progress of each student.

Students are assessed in every lesson. Our expert teachers will continually assess every student in every lesson to check their understanding. This is done through a range of strategies such as questioning, observations of students when on task and student feedback within the lesson. Misconceptions are made by students in almost every lesson they attend as this is part of their educational journey and it is our job as practitioners to address these within every lesson.

Students will complete ‘checkpoint’ activities on a bi-weekly basis which will be marked by their teachers and allow them to see how well students are applying their knowledge and skills learnt so far. Following each ‘checkpoint’ activity, students are allocated dedicated improvement time to reflect and improve on their work.

For every summative assessment that is completed by students, the English department will complete a moderation and standardisation process which will ensure consistency and accuracy in the application of our marking. 

Quality assurance is carried out regularly across the department which includes work scrutiny of student work across all year groups.

Assessment in English at Key Stage 3

Each half term, at the end of their unit of work, students will complete a summative assessment. This assessment will test students’ application of knowledge and skills across the whole unit and will be graded using our KS3 grading criteria: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Such summative assessments will be used to make an overall judgement on your child’s progress at their three assessment points throughout the year. 

Every term, students in Years 7 and 8 will complete a STAR Reading Test. This interactive test is completed online and will test students’ ability to read and comprehend what they have read. The STAR Reading Test will generate a reading age for each pupil which demonstrate a child’s ability in reading. To support students with their reading, each lesson will involve reading either through short extracts, reading of written or a class reader. As well as this, students in Years 7 and 8 have a fortnightly reading lesson which takes place in our LRC. This lesson is dedicated to students following the Accelerated Reader programme which will allow them to test their understanding of a book they have just read. 

At the end of the year, students will complete an end of year exam to formally assess their knowledge and skills acquired throughout the year.

Assessment in English at Key Stage 4

At the end of each unit of work, students will complete a response to a GCSE question. Students will have the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the study of each unit to help in their response to a practice question. Students’ work will be marked and graded following GCSE criteria, allowing an opportunity for reflection and improvement after each assessment. 

At the end of Year 10, students will complete their first set of mock exams which will involve completion of both GCSE Literature Papers. 

In Year 11, students will complete two sets of mock exams in December and March. These mock exams will allow students the opportunity to sit both Language papers as well as a further practice of both Literature papers. Such exams will be marked and graded according to GCSE criteria and grade boundaries as set out by the exam board (AQA).

As well as mock examinations, students at Key Stage 4 will also have the opportunity to complete exam questions and past papers for homework. 

External examinations for GCSE English Literature take place in May of Year 11 and GCSE English Language exams take place in June of Year 11.

Assessment at Key Stage 5

Throughout the study of each component, students will be required to complete regular response to exam questions. 

Students will complete two mock examinations in Year 12, as well as a further mock examination in Year 13. Each mock exam will provide students with the opportunity to complete full exam papers which will be marked and graded in line with AQA A Level criteria and grade boundaries. Practice responses and mock examinations will be used together to help inform our predicted grades at each assessment point.

Students will also complete their coursework component of their A Level exam known as NEA (none exam assessment) which counts for 20% of their overall grade. All mock exams, question practices and coursework are rigorously moderated and standardised within our own faculty, as well as collaboratively with local secondary schools. 

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