English

At Malden Oaks students are encouraged to read a range of literary and non-fiction texts for enjoyment. To this end, the reading of up-to-date fiction, audio books and newspapers is actively promoted among our students.

Students are encouraged to be critical thinkers and to work both independently and in a group. Texts are chosen, wherever possible, that would challenge, inform and develop the students’ interest in the world around them. Texts and assessments can vary depending on the interests and needs of our students.

Key Stage Four students will follow the specifications for Eduqas English Language GCSE. Students who have opted to study Literature will be entered for the AQA 8702 English Literature GCSE. Students are entered for the examinations that are most suitable for their needs. Theatre visits, writer workshops and visiting speakers are used to enhance the students’ experience and engagement with the subject whenever possible.

Students are also taught to discuss and write in a range of styles and for a variety of different audiences. They are encouraged to write creatively and discursively in order to prepare effectively for their exam.

An overview of the English Language GCSE and the English Literature GCSE is provided below:

All students, depending on the time they joined Malden Oaks, are given the opportunity to study prose, poetry, drama  and a range of non-fiction texts. Theatre visits, writer workshops and visiting speakers are used to enhance the students’ experience and engagement with the subject whenever possible.

Students are introduced to the study skills required for their GCSE course in Year 10 and those students who are able to begin Coursework Portfolio are supported in doing so. Yearly plans may vary slightly to meet the needs of students and these can be viewed by using the links below:-

Students are also taught to discuss and write in a range of styles and for a variety of different audiences. They are encouraged to write creatively and discursively in order to prepare them effectively for their exam.

An overview of the two GCSE courses is provided by clicking on the links in the menu at the right hand side of this page together with reading lists and useful resources.

Post-16 Options

English and English Literature offer opportunities in many jobs, both at a functional and a creative level. Jobs as varied as receptionist, nursery worker, retail worker, journalism and creative media all require good English skills.