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English and Media Studies

Welcome to the English Faculty, which is one of the largest in the school, with 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 Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 in English.

All pupils at Maiden Erlegh follow the English National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 in Years 7, 8 and 9. When they reach Year 10, they move onto the GCSE course with OCR: all but a handful of pupils will take both English Language and English Literature. Some pupils sit the IGCSE English Language examination with the Cambridge Board. Last year saw a record pass rate at grade C and above in English Language of 90.3%. We strive to offer pupils 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 – both with AQA – 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.

Media at Key Stage 4 is currently undergoing some changes. The current Year 10 and 11 groups are studying for the 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. From September 2015, the department are offering Media Studies GCSE and staff and students are looking forward to the practical coursework elements that this course offers. 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 aim, of course, to maintain the high academic standards we have set in recent years. Most of all, though, we want to foster every pupil’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