English

Ms. S. Bird

Subject Lead
Assistant Head

We are passionate and committed, as a team, to help our students to achieve their full potential at Ferndown Upper School.

Our Mission Statement

As an English Department, we encourage and promote a love of English. We offer GCSE English Language and Literature as well as A Level options in both Language and Literature and pride ourselves on the outcomes our students achieve.

Our teaching staff offer a wealth of expertise, with backgrounds that cover all aspects of our English Curriculum. We have designated Key Stage leaders to ensure each component of our curriculum is positioned to best support our students.

Mr. O. McVeigh

Deputy Head of English –
Head of Key Stage 4 English

Ms. K. McDermott

Head of Key Stage 5 English

Ms. S. Bird

Subject Lead
Assistant Head

We are passionate and committed, as a team, to help our students to achieve their full potential at Ferndown Upper School.

Our Mission Statement

As an English Department, we encourage and promote a love of English. We offer GCSE English Language and Literature as well as A Level options in both Language and Literature and pride ourselves on the outcomes our students achieve.

Our teaching staff offer a wealth of expertise, with backgrounds that cover all aspects of our English Curriculum. We have designated Key Stage leaders to ensure each component of our curriculum is positioned to best support our students.

Mr. O. McVeigh

Deputy Head of English –
Head of Key Stage 4 English

Ms. K. McDermott

Head of Key Stage 5 English

Curriculum

Within our GCSE English curriculum, we provide our students with a wide range of literature from different contexts. As a department, we believe strongly in how the study of literature can enhance student’s understanding across multiple disciplines and understand the importance of reading and comprehension skills.

The GCSE Literature Texts we study are:

Shakespearean Text: The Merchant of Venice

19th Century Literature: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Drama Text: An Inspector Calls

Poetry: Power and Conflict Poetry

Our choice of literary texts enable us to develop and strengthen our students social, emotional and cultural understanding covering a wide range of contextual issues that still have relevance within today’s society.

In addition to our GCSE Literature Texts, we also study GCSE English Language. Throughout this course, students develop comprehension and analytical skills as well as developing a strong writing style for a range of audiences and contexts. We cover both unseen fiction and non-fiction texts from 19th century and modern day contexts.

Students also complete a Speaking and Listening presentation which they are then given as an additional qualification on their GCSE English certificates. This speaking presentation functions to build confidence in our students and develop transferable skills that are attractive to employers.

What do we offer?

Aside from our wealth of experience, our department offer students a range of extra-curricular activities to help enhance their English experience at Ferndown Upper School. Students are given the opportunity to attend live performances of our drama texts as well as attending Poetry Live where they are able to meet and listen to the poets our GCSE students study.

Our students have also entered numerous national and local competitions to further enhance their academic skills. We have won a national writing competition and many of our students have been published in the Young Writer’s Stranger Sagas writing competition. We have also had recent success in the Dorset Poetry Slam with one of our student’s winning overall, gaining the chance to meet and perform in front of Sir Ian McKellan.

We also support our students throughout their GCSE with an extensive revision and intervention programme. We understand that, for many students, their GCSE years maybe stressful and therefore we provide students with a multi-faceted approach to develop and enhance their study.  

We have offered students weekly revision sessions in Year 11 after school as well as ‘Pass with Pizza’ revision evenings, Revision breakfasts and whole year group Teacher-led mocks. This is in addition to morning intervention sessions to help support students in the run up to mock examinations.

Effective parental contact is recognised as being key to the success of our students. Year 11 parents are provided with a weekly home learning bulletin that helps to developing home learning strategies and ideas to discuss outside of the classroom. We are committed to working in unison with parents.

Useful Documents & Links

Curriculum

Within our GCSE English curriculum, we provide our students with a wide range of literature from different contexts. As a department, we believe strongly in how the study of literature can enhance student’s understanding across multiple disciplines and understand the importance of reading and comprehension skills.

The GCSE Literature Texts we study are:

Shakespearean Text: The Merchant of Venice

19th Century Literature: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Drama Text: An Inspector Calls

Poetry: Power and Conflict Poetry

Our choice of literary texts enable us to develop and strengthen our students social, emotional and cultural understanding covering a wide range of contextual issues that still have relevance within today’s society.

In addition to our GCSE Literature Texts, we also study GCSE English Language. Throughout this course, students develop comprehension and analytical skills as well as developing a strong writing style for a range of audiences and contexts. We cover both unseen fiction and non-fiction texts from 19th century and modern day contexts.

Students also complete a Speaking and Listening presentation which they are then given as an additional qualification on their GCSE English certificates. This speaking presentation functions to build confidence in our students and develop transferable skills that are attractive to employers.

What do we offer?

Aside from our wealth of experience, our department offer students a range of extra-curricular activities to help enhance their English experience at Ferndown Upper School. Students are given the opportunity to attend live performances of our drama texts as well as attending Poetry Live where they are able to meet and listen to the poets our GCSE students study.

Our students have also entered numerous national and local competitions to further enhance their academic skills. We have won a national writing competition and many of our students have been published in the Young Writer’s Stranger Sagas writing competition. We have also had recent success in the Dorset Poetry Slam with one of our student’s winning overall, gaining the chance to meet and perform in front of Sir Ian McKellan.

We also support our students throughout their GCSE with an extensive revision and intervention programme. We understand that, for many students, their GCSE years maybe stressful and therefore we provide students with a multi-faceted approach to develop and enhance their study.  

We have offered students weekly revision sessions in Year 11 after school as well as ‘Pass with Pizza’ revision evenings, Revision breakfasts and whole year group Teacher-led mocks. This is in addition to morning intervention sessions to help support students in the run up to mock examinations.

Effective parental contact is recognised as being key to the success of our students. Year 11 parents are provided with a weekly home learning bulletin that helps to developing home learning strategies and ideas to discuss outside of the classroom. We are committed to working in unison with parents.

Useful Documents & Links