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Broadoak College

Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College A High Performing Specialist School

01934 422000




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The English Faculty at Broadoak College is a thriving and lively area where we strive to ensure that students attain their Personal Best in all lessons. We pride ourselves on our good relationships with students and our commitment to improving standards of teaching and learning. Due to the emphasis on teaching and learning, the department has made continued and sustained improvement in recent years.

Our Vision

Students are encouraged and expected to achieve their Personal Best in all aspects of this subject. To ensure this happens, teaching staff cater for the personal needs of individual students by using a range of teaching and learning styles. This may mean that students are asked to work individually or in groups or it may mean using our department laptops to access key information on the internet. Whatever the strategy is, we believe students will agree that English lessons are enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.

Teaching and Learning

We are one of ten schools in the country to become part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning and Performance Network. This means that our students now study Shakespeare in an interactive and engaging way using theatrical approaches to learning. It also means that students take part in workshops led by representatives of the RSC’s Education department and trips to watch Shakespeare performed live. We have taken Year 8 to see “Hamlet”, students from all years to perform “The Merchant of Venice” in Stratford, students have created their own film version of “Romeo and Juliet” and been to see this shown in the Odeon.

We pride ourselves on promoting and developing a love of reading. We hold a Festival of Literature in March to help celebrate World Book Day. Authors such as Chris Bradford, Tanya Landman and Meg Harper have visited school to talk to our students about their love of writing. Year 9 students also recently took part in an inter-school poetry slam with local schools.  Students in Years 7 and 8 have regular reading lessons based in our state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centre.

Our Curriculum

We provide lessons which focus on the three attainment targets in English: speaking and listening, reading and writing. Students build and develop the skills they have learnt at Key Stage Two.

To develop speaking and listening skills, students may have to present to a group of students or take part in a discussion. Students develop reading skills by reading and analysing a range of texts. Students study a range of texts throughout year 7-9 including “Holes" by Louis Sachar and “The Hunger Games”. They also study a range of 19th Century literature such as Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock short stories and “The Woman in Black” by Susan Hill.

In Years 10 and 11, students study GCSE courses in English and English Literature. This involves studying pre- and post-1914 poetry, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" and a variety of non-fiction texts, high quality journalism and literary non-fiction. Assessment is by examination at the end of Year 11.

Extra-curricular Activities

There is regular provision of extra-curricular activities. Last year we visited Bath to see the GCSE poetry from the exam performed live. We have had a visit from “The Punctuation Man” who helped us to add some fun into grammar lessons. Newspaper club is a popular and well-attended group on a Friday.  We regularly organise theatre trips and welcome visiting theatre groups to school. We also encourage students to take part in national writing competitions. We have also taken part in the BBC’s School Report project in order to promote students’ understanding of visual and printed Media.


We are situated in a dedicated wing with a suite of six rooms each equipped with an interactive whiteboard, data projector and good storage facilities. Every teacher has a laptop. There are also 15 laptops which are used by students. There are a wide range of resources available for staff and students to use. The resources cater for all performance levels and support the delivery of language skills and the set texts for literature.

Meet the Team

Miss J Pratlett

Head of English

Miss B Wilson

KS4 English Co-ordinator

Mrs T Dewhirst

Assistant Headteacher/English Teacher

Mrs J Downes

Teacher of English / Year 9 Leader

Mrs F Betts

KS3 English Coordinator

Miss C Anniuk

Teacher of English (Literacy across the College)
Miss M Kissane

Teacher of English

Miss N Derewicz

Teacher of English

Mr D Oakwood

Teacher of English