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Key Stage 3

In KS3 English is divided into four areas of study: Reading; Writing; Language; Speaking and Listening.

During Year 7 we aim to build upon the skills which students have acquired throughout KS2. The course begins with the study of a novel and a range of creative and literary tasks will be based upon the book. We place considerable emphasis on encouraging our students to read: an additional two novels will be studied during the year; regular reading homework will be set; library visits will be made and the completion of reading diaries is encouraged.

In Year 8, the course also begins with an in–depth study of a novel, with developing emphasis on literary analysis. As in Year 7, up to two other novels will be issued during the year and a unit on The Writer's Craft will examine the short story and narrative techniques. Links with the School Library are still closely maintained, reinforcing the importance and value of reading. Students complete a research project on Shakespeare, investigating his life, works and the practices of the Elizabethan theatre. They will also explore A Midsummer Night's Dream.

During Year 9, we aim to equip our students with the necessary skills to embark successfully on their GCSE courses in English Language and Literature.

Full details of the KS3 English Curriculum (PDF)

Key Stage 4

English and English Literature are core subjects in Years 10 -11, leading to two GCSE subject awards. Formal specifications for the new courses have yet to be issued by the Board. The key changes are that the courses are now linear; and that coursework has been replaced by controlled assessment.

We have two principal aims:

  • to develop your confidence and skills to enable you to express yourself clearly and concisely in a variety of forms for any given audience.
  • to provide you with the means to discuss, explore and respond to a range of texts: novels, drama, poetry, media and other prose forms.

Full details of the KS4 English Curriculum (PDF)

Key Stage 5

English Literature

English Literature is a popular subject at KGGS. During the course, you will have the opportunity to read widely, to gain a sound understanding of past and present writing and culture; to discuss differing interpretations and ideas, and to develop sharp analytic and writing skills.

The qualification you will gain is one that is highly regarded by universities and employers and one which indicates that you possess valued and transferable skills, namely, the ability to construct a well-reasoned argument, to work independently, and to think, read and analyse at an advanced level.

Full details of the KS5 English Literature Curriculum (PDF)

Media Studies

The Media Studies course is an exciting addition to the A level programme offered by the English Department. As a student taking this course, you will have the opportunity to study a wide range of texts in both printed and visual forms. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the media industry including aspects such as the methods and approaches used to target audiences, issues linked to representataion, media theory and the analysis of media texts.

The development of practical Media Production skills will also form a core part of the assessment. In conjunction with this, you will be developing your critical and analytical skills in both written and verbal forms, thereby extending and developing your communication skills.

The qualification you will gain has increasing relevance in a media-led world for both employment opportunities and university entrance.

Full details of the KS5 Media Curriculum (PDF)