Curriculum Leader: Claire White
English and English Literature
The English department consists of four dedicated teachers with a wide range of experience and skills. Each teacher has developed their own classroom to aid the engaging learning environment that students experience on a daily basis as part of their lessons, and pride themselves on a positive enthusiastic and aspirational attitude to learning, encouraging students’ dedication to achievement. The English department also offers a range of extra-curricular activities, such as creative writing club and book club.
In the main school, all teaching groups are set according to ability and class sizes do not exceed 30, even at the higher end of the ability range. We work closely with local primary schools to develop schemes of work that will engage and challenge students from the outset, preparing them for both their national exams and skills necessary for life beyond school.
The recent change to the GCSE specification has led to an exciting time in the English department. With the first exam entry in May 2017, a new series of lessons has been introduced that incorporates both language and literature. The current government requirement for students to study modern texts, 19th Century fiction and Shakespeare is also evident throughout students’ time at Everest Academy fully equipping students with the skills required to succeed.