- Renee O’Brien – Head of English
- Jennifer Hardy – Head of KS4 English
- Helen Dunhill – Head of KS3 English
- Helen Ledger – Teacher of English
- Laura Thornton – Teacher of English
- Paula Lowerson-Marshall – Teacher of English
- Susan Doneghan – Teacher of English
- Lynne Whitehead – Teacher of English
- Kim Purdy – KS3 Intervention assistant
- Gemma Rilley– KS4 Intervention assistant
Faculty Mission Statement/ Aims:
In English we aim to create a community of independent learners in which all students will be able to take responsibility for their own learning. We also promote the ethos of working together as a team; all of our classrooms are designed for students to sit in ability or mixed ability groups, with everyone in the group having their own independent responsibility for certain aspects of the team’s work.
We aim for all students to leave Seaham with excellent communication skills and a mature attitude towards their learning with a view to success in the world of further education or the workplace
Pupils begin their study of GCSE English in year 9.
Typical units include English Today which is a controlled assessment worth 20% of the overall mark, The Writer’s Voice which is assessed through an examination worth 40% of the overall mark and Creative English which is a controlled assessment worth 40% of the overall mark.
A good qualification in English is essential in impressing college admissions and will help in applications for all career or further education pathways. Success in English can also lead to successful careers as journalists, copy editors, librarians, publishers, writers or school teachers.
Following baseline assessments upon entry in year 7, students follow a two year skills based curriculum through the study of Novels, Poetry and Non-Fiction Texts. They are assessed in Reading and Writing once per term, with intervention measures put in place to help them make their expected level of progress.
Homework reflects the needs of the student and the skill. Teachers will sometimes give homework sheets or tasks, whilst at other times students will be expected to complete on-line tasks; if accessibility to the internet is limited at home, we have homework clubs in the library where access to the internet is unlimited.
Examples of our Take away style of home work is shown on the links below.
- Gothic homework challenge Y7
- War homework challenge Yr8
- Persuasive speeches homework challenge Yr 9
The English Faculty expects that all students will follow the School ‘Respect’ initiative in and around the Faculty. Also, we expect students to come prepared to lessons and commit to their studies in a mature and independent manner.
To improve English skills, try reading newspaper articles, leaflets and magazines, as well as reading novels for pleasure. During reading time it is always good to ‘talk’ about the text you are reading with others and having your own point of view about the topic you are reading.
Mrs O’Brien – r.o’firstname.lastname@example.org