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The English Faculty at Broadoak College is a thriving and lively area where we strive to ensure that students attain their personal best in all lessons. We pride ourselves on our good relationships with students and our commitment to improving standards of teaching and learning. Due to this emphasis on teaching and learning, the department has made continued and sustained improvement in recent years.

Our Vision

Students are encouraged and expected to achieve their personal best in all aspects of this subject. To ensure this happens, teaching staff cater for the personal needs of individual students by using a range of teaching and learning styles. Lessons are focused around engaging content that will challenge students to think independently and consider a variety of issues and topics critically.

Our Curriculum

We provide lessons which focus on the three attainment targets in English: speaking and listening, reading and writing. Students will continue to build and develop the skills they have learnt at Key Stage Two.

To develop speaking and listening skills, students may have to present to a group of students or take part in a discussion. To get our classes talking, we cover a range of topics from current politics to poetry from other cultures.  Students develop reading skills by reading and analysing a range of texts across the ages, including “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling and “The Woman in Black” by Susan Hill. We also delve in to a variety of poetry, non-fiction and play scripts across Key Stage Three.

In Years 10 and 11, students study GCSE courses in English and English Literature. This involves studying pre- and post-1914 poetry, “An Inspector Call” by J B Priestley, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and a variety of non-fiction texts, high quality journalism and literary non-fiction. Assessment is by examination at the end of Year 11.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We pride ourselves on promoting and developing a love of reading. We hold a Festival of Literature in March to help celebrate World Book Day. Authors such as Chris Bradford, Tanya Landman and Meg Harper have visited school to talk to our students about their love of writing. Year 9 students also recently took part in an inter-school poetry slam with local schools.  Students in Years 7 and 8 have regular reading lessons based in our state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centre.

We are also one of ten schools in the country to become part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning and Performance Network. This means that our students now study Shakespeare in an interactive and engaging way using theatrical approaches to learning. We believe students should have the opportunity to experience theatre as it should be, and as a result we have now taken many of our students to various theatre productions across the country.

Our students also get the opportunity to further develop the skills they are learning in lessons by joining our variety of clubs. We have breakfast book clubs, debating and the opportunity to study Latin and Classics.


We are situated in a dedicated wing with a suite of six rooms each equipped with an interactive whiteboard, data projector and good storage facilities. Every teacher has a laptop and access to visualizers for modelling excellent work. We work very closely with the LRC to allow students access to a range of books, as well as access to computers.

Meet the Team

Miss J PratlettHead of English
Miss B WilsonKS4 English Co-ordinator
Mrs J DownesTeacher of English / Year 9 Leader
Mrs F BettsKS3 English Coordinator
Miss C AnniukTeacher of English (Literacy across the Academy)
Miss M KissaneTeacher of English
Mr D OakwoodTeacher of English
Miss L EvansTeacher of English
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