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department of English and Media Studies

The Team and Facilities:

Situated in the new Woodside building alongside the new Orchard Library, the Department of English and Media boasts a dedicated, experienced and diverse teaching team under the leadership of the Senior Leader of Department.   Our Assistant Leader of Department oversees KS4 and KS5 Media Studies which are taught in a dedicated and fully equipped media suite.  Our team is characterised by a shared passion for literature and learning.

Key Stage 3:

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to engage and challenge learners through exciting and relevant literature, creative and non-fiction writing 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 short fiction 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 a culture of crafting and redrafting portfolio work for assessment.

We encourage all students 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 students 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.

Eduqas 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 Department offers A Levels in English Literature (EdExcel) and Media Studies (Eduqas). 







Media 10 Eduqas GCSE Media Studies
Media 11 Eduqas GCSE Media Studies
Media 12/13 Eduqas GCE Media Studies A Level







English Literature 9 AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)
English Literature 10 AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)
English Literature 11 AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)
English Literature 12 Edexcel GCE A Level English Lterature(9ETO)
English Literature 13 Edexcel GCE A Level English Literature (9ETO)
English Language 9 AQA GCSE English Language (8700)
English Language 10 AQA GCSE English Language (8700)
English Language 11 AQA GCSE English Language (8700)