Love of reading @ JKHS

Love of reading @ JKHS

Every member of the English team approaches this wonderful subject with real passion. Our love of language and literature is reflected in the enthusiasm that the students bring to our classrooms, giving us the opportunity to provide an enriching and engaging environment for all.

We are currently involved in organising an end of year celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, with a series of festivals that have been created by Year 7, 8 and 9 students.

  • Mr Sean Delahoy – Head of Department, email: english@jkhs.org.uk
    Miss A Pleasance – Acting KS3 Leader, email: englishks3@jkhs.org 
    Mrs Rebecca Meikle – KS3 Leader, email: englishKS3@jkhs.org
    Mrs Caroline Walding – KS4 Leader, email: englishKS4@jkhs.org.uk
    Ms Sarah Russell – KS5 Leader, email: englishKS5@jkhs.org.uk
    Mr Mark Croad (Assistant Headteacher, Head of Year 11)
    Mrs Julia Kelly
    Mrs Fiona Moore
    Mrs Diane La Gambina

  • Support Staff

    Mrs Jo Poole

    LRC: Mrs Emma Davies and Mrs Karen Slater

  • Details of Key Stage Three

    Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to encourage students to enjoy writing, promote independent and creative thought and to inspire a life-long love of reading.

    On arrival at JKHS, pupils are put into sets for English. Pupils’ KS2 results, using their levels (including teacher assessed levels) and raw scores, are used to inform this process. This will be reviewed after the first half term and at regular intervals throughout KS3.

    Our KS3 curriculum focuses on teaching reading and writing skills though the study of high quality literature. Our curriculum is taught in termly units based on a theme and a core text focus. As part of each unit, students will cover;

    • Reading non-fiction
    • Reading fiction
    • Writing for different purposes (fiction and Non-fiction)
    • Speaking and listening skills
    • Grammar, accuracy and terminology

    As part of all units, literacy skills remain at the heart of everything we do.
    We aim to make English exciting and engaging as well as providing students with the key skills required for KS4. From year 7, students are assessed using the KS4 assessment objectives. This means that there is a constant focus on developing these skills which allows for a smoother transition between KS3 and KS4.

    Pupils are assessed half-termly and are provided with regular feedback and targets. Their progress is tracked using the Department Tracker sheet which can be found inside their exercise books.

    You can find our long term plan here.

    KS3 Assessment Objectives

    • AO1

       Identify and interpret information and ideas from texts and select appropriate textual references to support ideas.
    • AO2

       Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language, form and structure to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate. Develop an evaluative response.
    • AO3

      Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives across two or more texts; show understanding of the contexts in which they were written.
    • AO4

      Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone and style to suit different purposes, audiences and forms. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence.
    • AO5

      Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
    • AO6

      Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations. Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language.
  • Details of Key Stage 4

    From 2015 all pupils will be studying the AQA (linear) English Language and Literature GCSEs (attach specification). With an embedded understanding of the exam skills required from KS3, pupils will discover a range of non-fiction texts in conjunction with the study of literature. From nineteenth century prose to modern drama, a plethora of non-fiction texts to poetry, pupils will go on a journey of exploration whilst developing essential skills in reading comprehension, analysis of writer’s craft, development of their own creative writing and technical accuracy.

    As we move to a linear structure for GCSE, 100% of the pupils GCSE grade will be generated from terminal exams at the end of year 11. Pupils will sit four examinations in total; two English Language, two English Literature. A summary of each examination is detailed below:

    English Language:

    Paper 1:
    Literature Fiction:
    Analyse extracts from stories looking at language, structure and format
    Descriptive or Narrative Writing:
    Write either a descriptive or narrative piece based on a picture
    Paper 2:
    Non-fiction - Past & Present:
    Compare and contrast 1x non-fiction text (present) and 1x non-fiction literary text (past)
    Non-fiction Writing:
    Writing to present a viewpoint using different formats e.g. letter, article, report, review, speech etc


    English Literature:

    Paper 1:
    Extract analysis and study of the play as a whole.

    19th Century Novel:
    Extract analysis and study of the novel as a whole.
    Paper 2:
    Modern Drama or Pros:
    Extract analysis and study of the play/prose as a whole.

    Poetry Anthology:
    Comparing and contrasting how a theme e.g. power and control
    or love and relationships, is presented in differnet poems previously studied.

    Unseen Poetry:
    Comparing and contrasting how a theme is presented in different
    poems never seen before.


    Every half term, all pupils in years 10 and 11 will be assessed in line with the AQA examination criteria as well as having the opportunity to sit mock examinations in a formal examination environment. As part of the GCSE course, pupils will also undertake a range of classroom based Speaking and Listening activities.
    Through ‘read and revise’ tasks we encourage the creation of independent learners. Pupils are given ample opportunity to extend their understanding of tasks outside of the classroom and independently research around the topic of study. We encourage reading every step of the way as this leads to GCSE success.

  • Details of Key Stage 5

    We currently offer AS/A levels in English Literature and in English Language

    English Language (Eduqas)

    The Eduqas Key Stage 5 English Language specification

    The course explores both spoken and written language. You will learn to analyse how language works in a wide range of texts and transcripts. You will investigate many of the important language issues in society. How do children learn to speak? How do politicians influence our attitudes and values through language? Are men and women represented differently through language? How has technology influenced our language? How has language changed over time? You will also learn to become a more confident writer, adapting your style to suit different audiences and purposes. 20% of the final A Level grade will be from coursework, 80% from the final examinations.

    English Literature (Eduqas)

    The Eduqas Key Stage 5 English Literature specification

    The course involves the study of a variety of modern and historical prose, poetry and drama, including the work of William Shakespeare. As well as extending your knowledge and enjoyment of literature and literary criticism, you will be encouraged to think critically and creatively in response to a range of set and independently chosen texts. 20% of the final A Level grade will be from coursework, 80% from the final examinations.