English

Head of Department: Mrs V Pickford

Teaching Staff:
Mrs J Browne
Miss J Caine
Miss E Harvey
Mr D Herbert
Mrs R Hewlitt
Mrs R Kirby
Mrs S Markoutsas
Mrs V Meredith
Miss Picardo de Sousa
Miss P Wilkins
Miss R Wood
Miss A Wray

We are a dedicated and hard-working team of teachers with a real enthusiasm for our subject. We teach all students in Years 7 -11 and many in the Sixth Form. We develop our students’ skills as readers, writers, speakers and listeners.

We have our own suite of classrooms in C block and a range of resources which are constantly updated. 

At KS3, we cover a wide range of topics ranging from Shakespeare to marketing a new band. Alongside this, students in Year 7 are involved in the Accelerated Reader scheme.


At KS4, we follow the AQA specification for English Language and English Literature. A selection of texts we study are ‘A Christmas Carol, a wide range of poetry, a Shakespeare play and a 20th century play.

Students are also encouraged to participate in various creative writing competitions throughout the year.

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To learn more about careers relating to this specific subject, please look here- https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects

In addition to the careers work delivered in class, the school offers a wide range of careers related events and activities throughout the year including-

  • Themed assemblies including visits from colleges, universities, apprenticeships, employers and previous students to explore career pathways.

  • Collapsed curriculum days – college and university taster days to help our students plan their studies beyond school.

  • Collapsed curriculum days – The maths team support students with a day of money management classes and the English team support with CV writing and interview skills.

  • Mock interviews for years 7, 9 & 10 to build confidence and employability skills.

  • Guest speakers and tutor time drop-ins to meet employers, education providers, previous students and representatives from other organisations in an informal setting.

  • Work experience week to help our year 10 students build their confidence, their employability skills and their work awareness.

  • Job of the week information delivered in tutor time to encourage students to explore different career pathways and the skills and qualifications required.

  • College, 6th form and university open evenings to help students and their families explore options beyond school.

  • And plenty more!

The careers office is open Monday - Thursday, 8am - 4pm for students to visit and talk through their ideas. Specific 121s can be booked with parents too if requested, but students are welcome to drop in any time.

The careers office is based in the centre of school within the Student Reception area. You can contact Mrs Leatherby on 01278 784881 or Email sleatherby@tkasa.org.uk


To see the Year 7 Learning Cycle 1 Homework booklet please click here.

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