English for Advanced Performance Pupils

Schemes of work in the English department continually use dialogue-based marking and formative feedback that asks challenging open questions to develop analytical skills on increasingly demanding literary heritage texts, in line with the format of examination skills.  This includes 19th Century prose, Shakespeare, heritage and contemporary poetry, as well as non-fiction from the 19th and 20th Centuries.  Rather than simply setting additional extension tasks for the most able, these open questions are pitched to challenge by demanding more nuanced layers of interpretation, promoting perceptive analysis, and encouraging students to think beyond the surface, expressing more than one possible interpretation at once. 

In creative tasks, abstract concepts to establish atmosphere and effects are promoted; subtlety of expression to hone more sophisticated originality in the tenor and style of writing are promoted, with students challenged to employ a range of highly sophisticated techniques. 

Developing sophisticated expression and vocabulary for analysis and creative writing is emphasised, alongside analysis and reading of a broad range of fiction and non-fiction, from a spectrum of socio-historic contexts, periods, and genre.  This is aimed at creating an atmosphere of independent confidence in tackling demanding material beyond their own life experiences, along with independent reading.

Immersion days such as BBC Schools Report hone practical and creative tasks, such as presentations and journalism, from scripting to camerawork, whilst extra-curricular clubs run by departmental staff exercise skills such as rhetoric and debating.