The English Department
Hello! I’m Helen, Head of English here at Egerton High School. I have been working with children in education since 2001, mostly teaching English but I also have an interest in Maths, Personal and Social Development and outdoor lessons, as well as yoga and mindfulness. My passion in life is for getting the very best out of our young people and building positive relationships with all students and families that I have the privilege of working with. As a busy mum myself, I will often be found entertaining my two children, walking my dogs and travelling whenever I get the chance. I also love yoga, being outdoors, stand up paddle boarding (only when the weather is nice!) and reading American literature.
Hi, I’m Sally the English TA at Egerton High School. Starting off as a volunteer in September 2014, I knew from day one that I had a passion for working with children in an educational setting and English is my favourite subject. I love to support our pupils in lessons and encourage them to reach their full potential. I use humour and the promise of my unique singing voice to engage our young people (the singing can work wonders!). Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my children and pet rabbit Roger. I love my holidays, yoga and relaxation as well as cycling and hiking…flat runs only!
Hello, I’m Josie Fuller. I teach English and oversee Interventions and Progress here at Egerton. I am passionate about helping young people develop their confidence and skills in English and motivating them to achieve their very best. Outside of teaching, I love to surf, go to yoga, and read! My favourite books include The Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini, Homegoing by Ya Gyasi, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I also enjoy travelling and have spent time teaching abroad.
Key Stage 3
Here at Egerton High School our Key Stage 3 curriculum is broadly theme based, building on general knowledge of the theme from other subject areas whilst maintaining a focus on reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. We aim to put quality texts at the heart of our curriculum and encourage students to read for pleasure. At Key Stage 3, our aim is to increase progression in literacy as well as to inspire learners with creative writing and reading from a range of genres and time periods. Students are challenged yet highly supported in lessons, and work is differentiated to encourage confidence and independence.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, students build upon their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills gained at Key Stage 3, and they will deepen their analytical abilities through the study of challenging and varied texts ranging from the 19th to 21st century. Students will learn how to write fiction and non-fiction texts for specific audiences and purposes using engaging stimulus such as, for example, inspiring speeches, film, art and photographs.
We currently follow the AQA GCSE English Language (8700) specification. All students are entered for GCSE at the end of Year 11 and will also complete the OCR Entry Level Certificate where they will be awarded up to Level 3. Students will be assessed regularly and will complete mock exams to prepare them for their final exams in year 11.
We are so proud of our Year 11 students who have been demonstrating an excellent work ethic and positive attitude towards their GCSE. The demand of the new specification means that students have to study difficult non-fiction texts and analyse a writer's viewpoint and use of language. They then have to write up their responses in a clear, academic manner.
In order to practise this skill, we started to examine the viewpoints presented in tweets. Once students had mastered the ability to compare perspectives, we started to apply this skill to challenging texts from past papers.
All students worked hard, despite the challenge of the question, and produced impressive essays. Well done for your phenomenal efforts!
This year, we ran our first ever whole school writing competition, and students had the opportunity to create the opening of a spooky story. We were so impressed to receive twenty one applications, and it was a difficult decision for the judges to choose the top three! Well done to DB, LW and KP who won first, second, and third place, and had their stories read out in assembly! Also, a huge congratulations to everyone who entered. The quality of writing was really high and it was fantastic to see so many students applying the skills and techniques that they have learnt in lessons. We can't wait for next term's competition.
Please see below to read some of the stories!