Students follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and the National Literacy Framework. Our aim is to help students become effective communicators, orally and in writing, as well as competent and thoughtful readers who read regularly for pleasure. In addition to the formal study of novels, plays, poems and non-fiction texts, all students in Key Stage 3 begin each lesson with a short period of personal reading using books of their choice from either the college or public libraries.
Each unit of study in KS3 is followed by a formal assessment to test students’ skills, knowledge and understanding. The marks are recorded to create a profile of the student’s achievement and to enable her to be given clear progress targets.
At Key Stage 4 students are prepared for GCSE English and GCSE English Language and Literature (Welsh Board). A small number of students only take GCSE English.