Mr. O. McVeigh
Head of Subject
We are passionate and committed, as a team, to help our students to achieve their full potential at Ferndown Upper School.
Our Mission Statement
Welcome to English at Ferndown Upper School.
We are a team of literary advocates who are passionate about the power of reading and the education of young people. It is our firm belief that words have power and this is reflected in our engaging, broad and diverse curriculum, something which is echoed through the words of Margaret Atwood “A word after a word after a word is power”.
The team encompasses experts from a wide range of disciplines, experiences and backgrounds, which in turn enables students of English at Ferndown Upper School to explore English through a variety of lenses. Through varied and independent tasks, students carve their own way to become experts in the field of English.
Mrs. D. Kenchington
Deputy Head Teacher
Miss. K. McDermott
Head of Key Stage 5 English
Key Stage Three English
- Autumn One: Ghost Stories and Creative Writing
- Autumn Two: Crime and Punishment and Detective Fiction
- Spring One: Animal Farm
- Spring Two: Diversity of Voices
- Summer One: War Poetry
- Summer Two: An Inspector Calls
Key Stage Four English
- 19thCentury Novel – Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
- Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice
- Modern Play – An Inspector Calls
- Poetry – Power and Conflict Poetry & Unseen Poetry
- Paper One – Non-Fiction Text analysis and writing
- Paper Two – Fiction Text analysis and creative writing
- Paper One: Explorations in Creative Writing and Reading – Single Text Analysis and Writing
- Paper Two: Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives – Text comparison and writing
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.
Study Forensic Linguistics at FUS to take your linguistic skills and true crime intrigue to the next level. Do you want to contribute towards the delivery of justice one day? We invite you to examine exciting case studies, forensic contexts, and learn how linguists critically engage with the language of law and provide linguistic evidence.
• Week 1 – Forensic and comparative text analysis
• Week 2 – Language in the courtroom
• Week 3 – Spoken interaction – police interviews
• Week 4 – Forensic speech signs
• Week 5 – Linguistic profiling
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
From September 2020, students can be invited to be part of a small group working to achieve their Edexcel Level 1 Foundation Project (ZPJ10) qualification. The enormously exciting thing about this qualification is that it harnesses those passions and interests that really drive a student’s enthusiasm. A coursework-only qualification, students are designated a specialist teacher to help them to create a presentation on a topic of their choice.
We’re exploring everything from skiing to modern Gothic literature! A year’s-worth of research, organisation, collation and careful presentation goes into each student’s exciting, unique and impressive final project. Students are encouraged to embrace different learning methods, and hone their ability to work independently for a goal that they themselves set. With the addition of a series of guest-speakers – including representatives from prestigious publications – to help inspire students, we can honestly say that this sensational opportunity is not to be missed
English, as a subject, provides students with a wide array of transferable skills that enable many occupational doors to be opened. Through the development of both written and spoken skills, students can demonstrate to future employers their ability to construct arguments, create presentations and write academically.
English supports many other subjects and highlights your ability to write for a range of audiences and purposes
There are many careers that English can help to prepare students for. Such careers include:
- Creative Writing
- Speech and language Therapy
- Civil Service
- Public Relations
My Learning Future:
It is really useful to look at the labour market when considering a career related to English. Many sectors use skills established within English lessons as transferable qualities needed to perform tasks within that profession. English is a subject that is reflected throughout many different professions. You can have a look at the link below for more information.
The LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable LMI information – see link below: https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/