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The Buckingham School

The Buckingham School

English

The English team at Buckingham are committed to providing outstanding lessons and a high quality learning experience for every individual student we teach. Our GCSE and A-level results have increased over the last three years and we are an enthusiastic and supportive team, dedicated to nurturing a love of English.

We have eight full time English specialists, all committed to driving up standards and providing excellent teaching and learning. Alongside this we run a variety of extra-curricular activities to allow budding writers and directors to sharpen their skills and a range of trips to visits to engage and inspire the young people we work with.

In Years 7 and 8, students follow a wide-ranging curriculum that covers studying novels, reading short stories, poetry from a variety of ages and backgrounds, writing skills, media and non-fiction and speaking and listening. English teachers ensure that their students are engaged through offering lessons that are well planned and tailored for their individual classes’ needs. Students could be transported to the world of Stanley in ‘Holes’ or Link in ‘Stone Cold’. They will experience the worlds of magazine editing and the struggles of a poet. Our aim is to make learning exciting.

In Year 9, students develop and sharpen their skills of language analysis and writing for different purpose – exploring Shakespearean texts and Conflict poetry and prose. They explore life in the trenches of WW1 and how this inspired men and women to use poetry as an outlet for their feelings and learn about The Globe theatre and Shakespeare’s rise to fame. They also study comedy, looking at the origins of comedy and how comedians today use language techniques to make us laugh, before having a go at creating their own stand-up routine!

In Years 10 and 11, students follow two GCSE courses: English Language and English Literature. These courses allow a breadth of material to be studied, ranging from Shakespeare to 20th Century Drama to pre-1914 prose. Students will learn to debate, discuss and present on a higher level, allowing them to access the highest grade boundaries available to them.

Students are encouraged to be independent learners, creative thinkers and team workers. They will understand the importance of meeting deadlines and reviewing their own progress. We aim to ensure their skills are transferable, thereby assisting them in every subject area.