The English Faculty at OSA is made up of a vibrant, dynamic and experienced group of teachers who are committed to student success and to the enjoyment of English for all. We are an experienced and dedicated team working very closely with the EAL department, Literacy co-ordinator and SENCo. We also have our own Writer in Residence attached to the English Faculty who works with all cohorts and produces anthologies of students’ work throughout the year.
Year 7/8 Curriculum
The Year 7 and 8 curriculum offers a diverse and stimulating diet for young learners including a range of interesting and engaging units of work, and a balance of classic and contemporary texts from Dickens and Shakespeare to Neil Gaman.Yr 7 Programme Of Study 2016-2017 Yr 8 Programme Of Study 2016-2017
At Key Stage 4 we teach Language and Literature to the full ability range and traditionally achieve very good results:
- Edexcel GCSE English Language (1ENO) – units include pre-20th century fiction, comparative non-fiction and creative and transactional writing.
- Edexcel GCSE English Literature (1ETO) – this course includes a variety of texts from the literary canon, such as Shakespeare, Dickens and Priestley, as well as a range of more contemporary poetry.
AS and A2
Our popular Key Stage 5 offer includes Edexcel English Literature (9ETO), English Language (9ENO) and Extended Project (ZPJ30) for the most able. English Literature includes the study of the classics alongside more contemporary texts and allows students to pursue their own areas of interest by developing individual coursework titles related to the texts studied. English Language explores non-literacy writing and allows students to develop their own language use through analysis of the spoken and written word.
We offer a wide range of exciting extra-curricular opportunities including : debate club; a wide range of public speaking competitions; ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme to inspire wider reading and a love of literature; theatre trips; BBC School Report; poetry competitions – both in-house and national; Shakespeare workshops ; World Book Day events and author visits; Mock Magistrate competition and the chance for everyone to work with our own Writer in Residence, Kate Clanchy.
Results are good and have remained consistently high for several years. A particular strength is the creativity which flourishes across the Academy led by the English Specialism team. We are very proud that every year students are represented in the short lists for, and are often winners of, a host of national poetry competitions including the Foyle Young Poets Competition, the Betjeman Poetry Competition, the Cheltenham Literary Festival Young Poets Competition and the Oxford Arts Festival Poetry Live Competition. The work of our students, led by Kate Clanchy, has also been memorably captured in a documentary for the Radio 3 ‘Between the Ears’ strand called ‘We are writing a poem about home’ and also in a guardian article describing the process of composing a poem with a group of students. (See: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/14/very-quiet-foreign-girls-poetry-foyle-young-poets-kate-clanchy )