Our ‘Keys to Success’ literacy programme ensures students learn the fundamental skills to help them progress not only in English but across the whole curriculum. Students enjoy English because it is varied, fast-paced and fun. Every student is inspired to believe in their potential and to aim high. They acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language. Throughout their academic career here, students develop the ability to write accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We endeavour to ensure all students become competent orators, including: making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
It’s not only English lessons that are exciting at the academy: we also offer a range of extra-curricular activities that reinforce and extend a love of English. ‘Blind Date with a Book’ is our weekly reading club open to KS3; students can select a book to take home and enjoy reading, however, all of the books are wrapped up to hide their front covers. By focusing on the themes of the story, rather than the cover, students can engage with texts that they otherwise might not have thought to read. In our weekly sessions, we discuss the books we are reading and take part in creative tasks relating to reading. In Debate Club, students discuss the issues of the day and hone their arguing skills, while we also offer Reading Bingo: a termly challenge where students are encouraged to read as many books from as many different genres as possible and can earn house points for their house by doing so. Furthermore, all KS3 students are also emailed extra-curricular reading booklets which link with their unit of work in English, allowing students to enjoy reading seminal and canonical literature at home.
As well as clubs, we also have exciting scheduled events throughout the year. The culmination of this is our Reading Rocks week, which coincides with World Book Day. This week entails a host of extra-curricular activities from completing a literary virtual escape room, to our huge book swap shop!