The English department at Christ the King offers an excellent educational experience for all students. Based on Ofsted and internal observations, the majority of lessons within English are outstanding, with none given a grading less than good. Within the department there are three full time teachers and one part time teacher, with a part time Higher Level Teaching Assistant delivering additional support and 1-2-1 intervention to students. Results have been consistently improving for a number of years, with 68% of the last Year 11 cohort achieving a C or above at GCSE English Language. 68% of our pupils made expected progress in English, with 33% making better than expected progress.
All students are catered for within the English department, with innovative programmes in place for students with English as a new or second language and for those students who have special educational needs. Every room is equipped with an interactive smartboard and a range of engaging resources. All classes also make regular use of the library facilities within school and reading for enjoyment is a primary focus of the department.
Wherever possible, students are given the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities within English. These have included theatre trips, drama and poetry workshops and visiting authors, as well as submitting entries for the Young Direct Marketing Awards, the Portico Prize for Literature and the BBC School News Report. At Christ the King, the focus in English is on developing confident, independent learners who can effectively communicate with others through a variety of mediums and in a wide range of situations.