At Huxlow, we feel that an accurate and confident use of English is the key to enable our students to access the rest of the curriculum, and equips them with essential and valuable life skills.
All students are given the opportunity to develop and secure their English language skills through writing, reading, speaking and listening. In addition, we feel it is paramount that Huxlow students are given a wide range of literature to digest for learning and for pleasure. Our aim is, not only to help all students achieve their best in English, but also to ensure that they experience a broad and diverse taste of literature that will hopefully inspire them for a lifetime.
The English department staff
- Miss H Porte – Learning Leader for English and Drama
- Mrs V Peverell – Assistant Learning Leader for English
- Mrs L Johnson – Teacher of English, Literacy Co-ordinator
- Mrs K Letts - Head of Drama, Head of Key Stage 4, Pastoral Leader for Year 11
- Miss G Roberts – Teacher of English and PE, Pastoral Leader for Year 9
- Miss L Staley - Teacher of English
- Miss M Burn - Teacher of Drama
- Miss C Eyre - Trainee Teacher of English
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
Students study a wide range of texts and writing techniques, as well as working individually and in groups to develop their speaking and listening skills. Progress is monitored through regular assessment and APP (Assessing Pupil Progress), which allows students to understand how to achieve at a high standard.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Most students will work towards two separate GCSE grades, one for English Language and another for English Literature.
English Language is assessed through speaking and listening activities, controlled assessments and terminal exams. Students are required to express themselves as effectively as possible in writing, using good grammar and spelling, and to speak effectively to a range of audiences and for a variety of reasons. They will be reading and responding to different types of writing, such as novels, plays and poems as well as non-fiction texts.
The English Literature award involves controlled assessment and exams over the 2 years. Students will be reading and responding to various types of literary texts and one of the aims is to appreciate ways in which writers achieve their effects. Students will study prose, poetry and drama texts by 20th Century and pre 20th Century authors, including Shakespeare.
Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 4
- GCSE English Language
- GCSE English Literature
Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)
Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 5
- AS / A2 English Language and Literature
- AS / A2 English Literature
- AS / A2 Media Studies
The East Northamptonshire College (TENC) combines the strengths of the three schools Ferrers, Huxlow and Rushden, who work together post-16 to offer a wide range of courses and opportunities to all students in the East Northamptonshire area.