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department of English and Media Studies

The Team and Facilities:

Situated in the Fowler Block and D’Arcy Building, the Faculty of English and Media boasts a dedicated and diverse teaching team under the leadership of the Senior Leader of Department.  The Subject Leader for Media manages our KS4 and KS5 Media classes which are taught in a dedicated and fully equipped Media Suite.  Also, we have two Assistant Leaders of English who have a range of responsibilities including whole school literacy.

 

Key Stage 3:

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to engage learners through exciting and relevant literature, creative writing projects and provocative issues and debates. 

Students are constantly challenged, particularly through our study of classical texts, such as a range of Shakespeare plays, poetry and gothic texts. 

Throughout their Key Stage 3 experience, we strive to develop the skills, knowledge and learning behaviours students need to achieve success in Key Stages 4 and 5.  Central to this is upholding an ethic of excellence which is actively promoted through project based units such as our A-Z of Young Adult Fiction and Young Editors in Training, in which students produce real texts for real audiences outside the classroom. 

We encourage all pupils to become active, critical readers, both in class and at home, expert and conscious writers and confident speakers in order to succeed in their wider education and in their future lives.

 

Key Stage 4:

Central to our approach at Key Stage 4 is instilling aspiration and confidence in all learners as they approach their examinations.  Crucially, our classes are mixed-ability, ensuring that our learners have the freedom and support to truly be their best.

The English curriculum at Key Stage 4 is driven by the demands of the examinations.  All students sit AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature at the end of Year 11. 

With the withdrawal of coursework from GCSE, our focus is on making learning engaging and memorable for pupils and to ensure that they retain the knowledge and develop the skills they need for exam success.  Teaching approaches are varied and creative and students are given the opportunity to engage with texts in different ways, including performances from theatre companies and workshops with performance poets.

AQA Media Studies is also offered as an option for KS4 students.  This study offers pupils a unique combination of creative practical and analytical work drawing on the issues and products that they encounter in their lives outside the classroom. 

 

Key Stage 5:

We view Key Stage 5 as the climax of a learner’s journey through English and Media at Wexham.  The knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their schooling is extensively stretched and challenged at Key Stage 5.  Here the emphasis shifts from teacher to learner as our students prepare for the transition to university, the ultimate test of a learner’s independence.

As a result, lessons at Key Stage 5 are dynamic and learner centred, with extensive discussion, debate and project work built out of strategic independent tasks that are completed during study time.  Learners are empowered to critique and improve their own work, pushing themselves to reach excellence in their chosen discipline.

The Faculty offers A Levels in English Literature (EdExcel) and Media Studies (AQA).  Currently, English Literature is a two year A Level course, whereas Media Studies is offered as both an AS and A Level study.

Subject

Year Group

Exam Board

Specification

Media

9

Not yet available

 

Media

10

AQA

GCSE Media Studies (481)

Media

11

AQA

GCSE Media Studies (481)

Media

12/13

AQA

GCE Media Studies AS and A Level (7571 and 7572)

 

Subject

Year Group

Exam Board

Specification

English Lit

9

AQA

GCSE English Literature (8702)

English Lit

10

 

GCSE English Literature (8702)

English Lit

11

 

GCSE English Literature (8702)

English Lit

12

Edexcel

GCE A Level English Literature (9ET0)

English Lit

13

Edexcel

GCE A Level English Literature (9ET0)

English Lang

9

AQA

GCSE English Language (8700)

English Lang

10

AQA

GCSE English Language (8700)

English Lang

11

AQA

GCSE English Language (8700)