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English and Media Studies

Welcome to the English Faculty, which is one of the largest in the school, with over 20 specialist English teachers, some of whom also offer Media Studies. We have a Head of Faculty (who is the Head of English and responsible for Key Stage 5 English), a Head of Media Studies, and Heads of both Foundation and Key Stage 4 in English.

All students at Maiden Erlegh follow the English National Curriculum in Years 7 and 8; we treat Year 9 as a preparatory year for KS4. When they reach Year 10, students move onto the GCSE course with Edexcel (although the current Year 11 are following the OCR specification): all students will take both English Language and English Literature. This year some students will sit the IGCSE English Language examination with the Cambridge Board. Last year saw a pass rate at grade C and above in English Language of 86%. We strive to offer students a range of literary texts that will engage and inspire them. In the Sixth Form, two A Level subjects are offered: English Language and English Literature. Student numbers are very healthy; typically, nearly 100 Year 12 students embark on an AS English course with us. Most of them find the courses we offer challenging and enjoyable, and each year some students are motivated to continue their study of English at university.

Media courses are well established within the faculty. It is a popular and successful subject in the Sixth Form. We have been offering A Level Media Studies for a number of years with consistently good results, and we also run a successful course in Level 3 BTEC Media. Many students go on to study a media-related discipline at university.

At Key Stage 4 the current Year 11 groups are studying for either Level 1 or Level 2 V Cert in Interactive Media. This is a demanding vocational course which allows pupils to explore and develop important skills in planning, design and website production. In a change from the V Cert course, Year 9 groups are currently engaged in a foundation year to prepare them to study AQA Media Studies GCSE which combines both practical skills in the coursework as well as analytical skills in explaining how media texts are constructed and their intended effects. We are well equipped with cameras, tripods, designated computers as well as a Media technician to support the delivery of the courses.

Outside the taught curriculum, we are keen to involve pupils and students in enjoying and developing their reading and writing through, for example, competitions and clubs. We also look for opportunities to visit the theatre, particularly in relation to the texts set for study at GCSE and A Level. We hope that our students’ experience of Language and Literature study will help to prepare them for their future lives.

We aim, of course, to maintain the high academic standards we have set in recent years. Most of all, though, we want to foster every student’s interest and ability in our subjects by providing an experience that is rich, enjoyable and inspiring.

Mr A Wheeler (Head of Faculty)

Maiden Erlegh School