Southgate School

English and Literacy

The English Department at Southgate is a vibrant and successful team of specialist teachers. We have a dynamic approach to teaching a variety of new and exciting schemes of work that ensure the successful progression of our students through the Key Stages. Our programmes of study are designed to not only build on the knowledge and skills acquired in Primary School, but support and challenge all learners. Students are given opportunities to develop and extend their skills in reading, writing and spoken language. We aim to nurture the students’ love of reading by introducing them to a plethora of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts. We then encourage students to experiment with language in their own writing whilst mastering the essentials of literacy that will set them up for life beyond the classroom. Throughout the Key Stages we encourage lively discussion and debate through structured talk, learning to adapt language to appropriate audiences and purposes.

By the end of Key Stage 4, we have also prepared them for two GCSEs; English Language and English Literature (AQA A). Our success rate is rapidly improving with this new specification; 70% of our students gained a 5+ in 2019. We are a popular subject; many of our GCSE students stay on to study with us at A Level (English Literature AQA B) and 100% of students pass the course. In 2019 six of our students gained and A* - our highest number ever! We are proud that our students go on to top universities and beyond, to continue with English, media and journalism or other impressive career pathways such as medicine or law.

The English Department is a flourishing department that offers the students a multitude of enrichment activities. From author visits (in collaboration with the Librarian and The House of Words – our newly refurbished library), Shakespeare drama workshops and public speaking (The Mayor’s Award). We also run theatre trips and creative writing clubs; book clubs and poetry outings for our A Level students. 

We are an innovative Department which is always keen to improve on its performance, embarking on new initiatives and sharing ideas and resources. We look forward to sharing our success with you.

Mrs Pilbeam - Head of English