St James's Church of England High School

St James Church of England High School

'A National Teaching School'

September 2013

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English

KEY STAGE 4

On the final leg of their journey, pupils are prepared more specifically for their qualifications in GCSE English Language and Literature. We will assist them in the exploration of media and non-fiction texts. There will also be supervision and guidance in presenting, role-play and discussion skills. One of many speaking and listening activities involves the experience a real life courtroom in a mock trial set-up.   Studies of contemporary and Literary Heritage poetry, prose and drama are enhanced with opportunities to see texts brought to life. We invite theatre companies to present peformances and pupils are able to take part in follow up workshops.

60% of the GCSE qualification in English Language is based on controlled assessment. The majority of these are undertaken in Year 10. Skills developed during these assessments are then more easily transferred to the requirements of the formal examination at the end of Year 11.

In English Literature, there are two external examination papers totalling 75% of the overall assessment and one piece of controlled assessment (25%). All assessments place a strong emphasis on the development of the ability to respond to a wide range of texts critically and imaginatively.

GCSE Exam Results

 

GCSE English Language

(A*-C)

GCSE English Literature

(A*-C)

2011

82%

77%

2010

74%

84%

2009

70%

65%