Welcome to Hellesdon High School's English Department!
Our aim is to support all of our students to achieve the very beset that they are able to in terms of their reading, writing and self-expression. The department is staffed by ten teachers, all of whom are subject specialists. All our classrooms are equipped with visualisers, digital projectors and A/V equipment. iPads are available for use in lesson time and we make regular use of the school's excellent library.
English is a popular subject and we are pleased to offer students the opportunity to study Literature at A-Level.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
- Read On - Free online fiction ebooks - independent reading at the with AR Book Level. Also includes news archive appropriate daily news articles. Audio reading of all texts available and some additional features for Non-Fiction.
- Culture in Quarantine on BBC iPlayer - Free stream of Shakespeare plays
- BBC Bitesize: The Sign of Four
- BBC Bitesize: Romeo and Juliet
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet
- Spark Notes: Romeo and Juliet
English at Key Stage 4
The department delivers two statutory qualifications at Key Stage 4. Please click on the items below for more information.
AQA GCSE English Literature - 2 exams, no coursework
PAPER 1 - Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel (1 hour 45 minutes) (64 marks):
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare (34 marks)
The Sign of Four – Arthur Conan Doyle (30 marks)
PAPER 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry (2 hours 15 minutes) (96 marks)
An Inspector Calls – J.B. Priestley (34 marks)
Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology – Various (30 marks)
Unseen Poetry (32 marks)
AQA GCSE English Language - 2 exams, no coursework
Paper 1 – Explorations in creative reading and writing (1 hour 45 minutes) (80 marks)
Paper 2 – Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives (1 hour 45 minutes) (80 marks)
English at Key Stage 5
The department currently offers A-Level Literature for study at Sixth Form
Edexcel A-Level English LIterature (9ET0) - 3 exams, 1 coursework essay
Component 1: Drama – two texts
Hamlet or Othello, and A Streetcar Named Desire or The Importance of Being Earnest
Component 2: Prose – two texts
Dracula and The Little Stranger
Component 3: Poetry - various
Geoffery Chaucer or Philip Larkin AND a poetry anthology
A comparison of 2 core texts , e.g. two dystopian novels