Department Leader: Stephanie Power

The KBA English Department are committed to providing students with a range of learning experiences and enrichment activities, as well as offering a wide range of specialisms from basic literacy to a variety of English A Levels.

The rigour of English GCSE and A level examinations has increased significantly in recent years and, therefore, we have intellectualised our curriculum to ensure that it is both engaging and challenging. Students have the opportunity to read and study a range of 19th century texts, Shakespeare’s works, modern texts, plays and poetry. The English team are dedicated to enthusing their students with a passion for reading as well as ensuring they develop high level skills in both verbal and written communication. The development of these key skills will empower students and help them to be more successful in other subject areas.

The magic of studying English is that it gives us a chance to escape from the real world and become immersed in captivating stories, while helping us to better understand the world around us. We want every single one of our students to be confident communicators who can grapple with the best and most brilliant ideas from literature. Students who study English can progress into careers such as journalism, broadcasting, teaching, publishing, advertising and marketing but, of course, the real benefits of being literate and articulate will be felt every day throughout your life.

At Kettering Buccleuch Academy, we teach a knowledge lead Scheme of Work that aims for “age expected” learning. Students will be assessed against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that have been mapped so that students are working at or exceeding age expected learning which will allow them to be successful at Key Stage Three and beyond. To support learning, each year group has a specific theme that runs in each unit of study throughout the year. The themes are:

•            Year 7 – War and Conflict

•            Year 8 – Social Justice

•            Year 9 – Relationships

All students are set targets and the intention is to equip all learners with clear foundations in reading and writing skills, whilst exploring a range of literature from a variety of cultural backgrounds, genres and periods. Each unit encourages students to explore how different components such as: Reading, Writing and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar work together but also to develop appreciation of both language and literature.

Progress is monitored in three ways:

  • Teacher assessed ‘Weekly Tasks’ that review a range of KPIs
  • Knowledge Organiser quizzes
  • Mid-year and End of year examinations

At Kettering Buccleuch Academy, the English department follows the AQA syllabus at Key Stage 4 and offers students the opportunity to gain two qualifications by the end of the course - English Language and English Literature. We believe that our KS4 course is engaging, inspiring and challenging for students of all abilities.

The English Language qualification consists of two papers, both equal in weighting. Paper 1: ‘Explorations in Creative reading and writing’ and Paper 2: ‘Exploring writers’ viewpoints and perspectives’. Each paper consists of a reading section (based on unseen extracts) and a writing section. Students can achieve grades 1-9 in English Language.

The English Literature qualification consists for two papers. Paper 1: ‘Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel’ and Paper 2: ‘Modern texts and poetry’. At KBA, our students study Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry and unseen poetry. However, we do encourage our students to read a range of texts in their free time to allow their passion for literature to flourish. Students are not allowed to take their texts into the examinations so they must study these texts both in and out of lessons. Students can achieve grades 1-9 in English Literature.

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