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English

Welcome to the English Faculty

  • Mrs C Cooper - Head of Department

  • Mrs L Heppolette - Lead Teacher

  • Mrs L Preston - Lead Teacher

  • Miss Ghelichi - Lead teacher
  • Miss E Cole - Literacy co-ordinator

  • Miss C McFarlane - English Teacher

  • Mrs K Joyce - English Teacher

  • Mr T Roberts - English Teacher

  • Miss H Milloy - English Teacher
  • Miss Mainwaring - English teacher
  • Mrs S Kirk - English Teacher/ Head of year 9 

In English at Moorside High School our overriding aim of the English curriculum is to foster an appreciation and love of language and literature. We offer the pupils the opportunity to explore, experience and create all elements of the written and spoken form in order to equip them with highly refined skills and enthuse them about the subject.

We pride ourselves on being a subject which is full of variety. One day we may be exploring personal experience through writing a poem or composing a chapter of an autobiography. Another day we may be reading a challenging text whose rich and subtle language makes it ripe for exploration.

Then there are all the possibilities offered by drama: acting in a scene from a Shakespeare play or exploring a text through role-play.

We could be debating a current issue, writing our own speeches as well as listening to the views of others, or we could be comparing and analysing the ways in which different sorts of newspapers cover the same story.

English involves all this and much more. It all requires energy, alertness and imagination.

It may at times seem like hard work, but it should also be fun at least some of the time.

English is important because it helps us develop as perceptive and appreciative readers. It also stretches our creative talents as imaginative writers with a confident grasp of language and technique.

It underpins work in most other school subjects, and will continue to be important throughout life.

The English Faculty at Moorside High School is there to help you develop as successful readers and writers and, we hope, to let you enjoy yourselves at the same time.

What will I study?

Throughout key stage 3, we study Shakespeare, prose, poetry, drama, media and spoken language within each year. We match our topics, novels, plays and poetry clusters to the needs of our pupils and the year group. All topics studied during key stage 3 mirror the elements needed at key stage 4 so that the pupils are continuously developing the skills they need for their GCSEs and beyond.

How will I study?

Students are taught in a variety of ways to meet and challenge the needs of all learners. English students are given the opportunities to explore, investigate and assess all elements of the English Language with increasing depth as they move through the school. They are equipped with the skills to do this in groups, on their own and to make the best use of new technologies. 

How will I be monitored and assessed?

Units of work are assessed regularly during the topic by the teacher using classwork and homework. We then formalise the assessments by building key pieces into all units which are also standardised. In addition to this, we have compulsory assessed homework built into all key stage 3 schemes which again allows us to tailor the material to the pupil’s needs.  Targets are set on entry and progress towards targets measured after each assessment. Intervention will be undertaken where necessary to support students. Students also have opportunities to assess and to feedback on their own and each other’s work.

English Support Sessions for pupils

The following support sessions are available for pupils to attend:

 Day After School
Monday   Year 9
 Tuesday  Year 10
 Wednesday  Year 7 & Year 8