The English curriculum at Notton House Academy is taught by a passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic team. We are committed to supporting students to achieve their potential in the study of English and to prepare them for life beyond Notton House. In English, we aim to enthuse young people and engage them in activities, across a range of learning styles that will prepare them for the practical application of the subject and the enjoyment of reading writing, speaking and listening. We will strive to ensure that all of our students become:
- effective and innovative learners, who are engaged and make sustained progress;
- independent thinkers and effective collaborators, who possess transferable skills of spoken and written communication;
- culturally and socially aware individuals.
In the lower and middle schools, students will study a range of texts, creative writing, functional non-fiction writing and reading skills, film studies and media analysis. All lessons will be shaped to fit the needs of individuals in the class and will cater to a range of learning styles and abilities. The curriculum is designed to be adaptable for the needs of the student and will be used to ensure the best outcomes in English for the young people at Notton House Academy.
Most students study for a GCSE in English language, following the WJEC specification. The course is taught over a two-year period and assessed using terminal examinations. Students receive a qualification based on reading and writing tasks. There is a separate certificate grade for their speaking and listening, which is assessed internally.
Some students study for the WJEC Additional Pathways Entry Level in English. This qualification ensures that students have a working grasp of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening – i.e. they can speak in Formal English and can read for information and for entertainment. The Entry Level qualification can be used as a step up to studying for the GCSE qualification.