Welcome to the Kingsdale English Department
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr Seuss
At Kingsdale Foundation School, English is taught using a variety of stimulating and engaging learning strategies that aim to improve students’ communication, both written and verbal. We want to produce articulate, literate and creative young adults who are able to think critically about the world around them and communicate effectively within it.
Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are the core skills developed in English classes throughout the first two years of study and are continued in Key Stage 4 as pupils prepare for examinations in both English and English Literature at GCSE (Edexcel English language and English Literature). Sixth Form Advanced Level GCE in English Literature (Pearson Edexcel Level 3) develops skills of analytical close-reading of texts; a developed awareness of literary discourses and representations across periods and genres; and a considered appreciation of reading practices. Beyond the classroom, pupils are given the opportunity to develop the skills that they have acquired through a number of clubs under the aegis of the Department in addition to theatre trips and the regular competition opportunities. Ensuring that students are adequately supported, and adequately challenged, is of paramount importance to us, and we aim to do this in a supportive atmosphere that enforces high standards at all times.