English

At William Hulme’s Grammar School, we provide our students with both a challenging and creative English curriculum, aimed at nurturing a passion for the subject and providing a stimulating environment in which to develop key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our students explore a range of texts, from Shakespeare to modern writing and participate in a variety of creative activities from writing competitions to writer’s workshops and theatre visits. Across all Key Stages, we combine a rigorous and detailed assessment model with a creative and tailored learning programme, that prepares our students for further education and the world of work and aims to inspire them with a love of literature. 

Our ethos is simple – we leave no child behind. Teaching is tailored to our students through careful planning, differentiation and assessment for learning. Whether providing extension activities and ‘stretch and challenge’ projects for our highest achievers through our Gifted & Talented programme or providing support and intervention for students who need extra help, we aim to bring out the very best in each of our students.

Staff

  • Mr J Wise – English Faculty Leader
  • Mr I O’Brien – Second in English Department / KS3 Manager 
  • Mrs J Turan – Teacher of English / Literacy Coordinator
  • Mrs C Ellis - Teacher of English
  • Mrs S Hames – Teacher of English
  • Dr J Rodgers - Teacher of English
  • Miss M Tomkins – Teacher of English
  • Miss L Ncube – Teacher of English
  • Mrs L Bartlett – Functional Skills Coordinator

All our students are closely monitored and supported throughout their English studies. Our teachers work extremely hard to tailor planning to the needs of individuals and differentiate resources accordingly. In addition to this, there are several intervention opportunities available to help students who are struggling to make progress and these include:

  • Close liaison with our Learning Support Department to ensure all students with Special Educational Needs and additional requirements are fully provided for.
  • Reading intervention schemes such as the McGraw Hill Corrective Reading programme and the Ruth Miskin phonics programme.
  • Peer mentoring across the key stages.

English Enrichment Programme for Gifted, Talented & Deserving students

We aim to bring out the very best in each of our students. Pupils who are considered as either gifted, talented or deserving in English will be provided with additional opportunities for stretch and challenge, maximising their potential.

What is the difference between ‘gifted’, ‘talented’ and ‘deserving’?

The top 10% of students in any subject within a year group are classed as ‘Gifted/Talented’, whereas a student who loves a subject, tries very hard and is very enthusiastic may not be in the top 10% academically but also deserves recognition. As well as identifying these students statistically, teachers are also encouraged to update the GTD register regularly, identifying students that stand out. 

What extra provision will be provided?

When a pupil is placed on the Gifted, Talented & Deserving Register for English, teachers will ensure that she/he is provided with opportunities to excel in lessons and beyond. This could be through extension tasks and additional research and homework, access to more challenging texts, and/or opportunities to mentor other students. In addition to this, from September 2018, all pupils on the Gifted, Talented and Deserving register in English will be invited to contribute to the new school magazine and online blog. This is a great way for pupils to see their writing published, reaching an audience far beyond the classroom.

WHGS English Twitter Account  English Blog

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