Our English Department at Finham Park is a strong and passionate team. There's a great mix of youth and experience. We also work closely with the library staff, who provide excellent support and resources.
At Key Stage 3 our thematic Schemes of Learning are built around the idea of progression marking, allowing students to develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills, as well as hone their exam technique. As you might imagine, Literature is an important element of our studies, and every student will study at least one novel each year. These are regularly updated, for example this year we have just begun the Carnegie Award-Winning Maggott Moon with Year 9. Students are also encouraged to read independently through our Winners Read programme. Additionally, the department is lucky enough to have access to two IT suites as well as a variety of media resources including video cameras, digital cameras and ipads. These are routinely incorporated into lessons.
In terms of Enrichment, we run a highly successful Writers' Workshop where our 6th form Lead Students help our young writers explore their creative talent as well as enter competitions and perform at our annual presentation evenings. Our Lead Students also run a Reading Group; organise theatre trips and oversee our brand new Resource Centre. We run many accredited courses. Almost all our students are entered at GCSE for both the English Language and the English Literature courses. Two courses are taught at A-level: English Language and Literature and English Literature.
Acting Head of Department: Mrs Cooke
Assistant Subject Leader: Ms Frampton
Head of KS4: Mrs Beckinsale
Head of KS5: Mr Smith