Studying English at Cleethorpes encourages students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the modern world. The English curriculum is designed to develop students' communication, provide variety and push students so that they achieve their potential. The English Department is a successful, well-resourced department. Teaching, within the department, is of a consistently high quality and lessons tend to be both rigorous and fun.
Please explore these pages to find out more about what we offer.
Our aims are:
The vast majority of lessons are taught in specialist rooms, most of which are equipped with Interactive white boards.
The English Department uses a wide range of texts and we are constantly updating and developing resources.
The Curriculum Area has its own ICT suite. In addition, there are ICT facilities in the library and the library and its facilities are regularly used for English lessons.
Key Stage 3
Students follow the National Curriculum in English, which provides a broad and balanced programme of language and literature work. All students have the opportunity to analyse poetry, prose texts and 19th century texts, to participate in play-reading and to enhance all aspects of speaking, listening, reading and writing throughout Years 7 and 8.
Key Stage 4
All students are currently prepared for GCSE courses in AQA Language and Literature. The courses are both 100% examination. In Language, students will develop their analytical skills exploring a range of fiction and non-fiction texts including a selection of short stories. Students are also required to explore 19th century literary non-fiction. Half of the language course is devoted to improving writing; students will develop the key skills necessary to improve their writing.
As part of the Literature course, students have to study a range of texts including a Shakespeare play, a modern novel, a 19th century novel and a selection of poetry.
Cleethorpes Debating Club
Cleethorpes Debating Club is held once a week and provides Key Stage 3 students with the opportunity to debate and discuss a range of different topics. The club is well supported and students regularly have interesting and enthusiastic discussions about everything from favourite chocolate bars to environmental issues.
Students meet once a fortnight to discuss books and to carry out a range of reading related activities. Students regularly read and borrow books purchased by the Academy.
Cleethorpes regularly takes part in the BBC's annual 'School Report', a national event for 11 - 14 year olds. Students are able to work independently as local journalists in a professional manner, collating and producing news reports on local events and working to a deadline. Students' reports are broadcast nationally on the BBC website.
The English Curriculum Area regularly run theatre trips and workshops to complement work done within the classroom.
Students are encouraged to participate in various creative writing and poetry competitions such as the 'Write On!' and 'Young Writers' creative challenge. In addition, the English Department regularly run a range of internal competitions to encourage students to read and write a wide range of texts.
As English underpins all other subjects in the curriculum, it plays a major role in preparing students for both academia and working life.