The English Department at Aldersley High School are currently celebrating fantastic results.
Within GCSE English Language, 13% of students achieved the top grades of G9-7. 67.5% of students achieved G9-4 in Language or Literature, and 43.1% achieved a G9-5.
These fantastic results are testament to the creative, imaginative and passionate staff who make the department what it is. From Teach-First graduates to members of staff with years of experience working at schools across the city, each member of the department is committed to ensuring that each child achieves their full potential whilst greatly enjoying their English lessons.
At Aldersley High School, our KS3 students study a range of poetry, prose and drama, including key texts such as Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, Becker’s ‘Darkside’ and Conan Doyle’s short stories. We ensure that students gain a deep understanding of these key texts as well as exploring extracts from a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
At KS4, students study two separate GCSE courses in English Language and English Literature. In English Language, our students explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. In English Literature, they study Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’, Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Stevenson’s ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ as well as a poetry anthology themed around love and relationships.
Here is the vision and mission statement of the English department:
Regardless of prior attainment or circumstances, we want our students to leave Aldersley High School at the end of their GCSE or GCE courses well-equipped with the life skills needed to become well-rounded individuals. We will be uncompromising in our expectations of all groups of students and we will endeavour to foster a nurturing environment where students feel safe to be themselves. We aim to encourage thoughtful students, inspire opinionated voices and develop enquiring minds through our commitment to well-planned, engaging teaching and outstanding practice.