English at New-Bridge Integrated College
Mrs L McDowell : Head of English
Miss L Phillips
Mrs K Cordner
Miss S Gallagher
The English Department work closely together in a supportive and collaborative way, regularly participating in extra-curricular activities including Theatre Trips, Debating Competitions and School Drama Productions in support of the College’s excellent Drama Department.
Across the curriculum we endeavour to reflect the College’s all-ability, integrated ethos. At KS3 we follow the Literacy Framework with mixed-ability classes of approximately twenty students. We also deliver CEA English and English Literature to GCSE. As a result of the range of ability of our pupils, we liaise closely with the SEN Department to ensure that all pupils are adequately supported.
In addition, we have a number of Sixth Form students who follow CEA’s AS and A2 English Literature Courses. These students also benefit from small class groups ( approximately 10 students per class) and a range of newly developed resources. All English students have access to ICT as a key aspect of Teaching and Learning and we also encourage the use of the College Library as a key resource.
We operate homework and marking policies to maintain a standardised approach to formative and diagnostic assessment for all. Pupils receive positive, constructive feedback throughout the year while parents are kept further informed by two written reports and an individual interview. An effective Year Book system is used to communicate with tutors and parents.
The English Team values our central role in the realisations of the aims of the College Mission Statement. We believe strongly in “positive discipline” and strive to create a “child centred” approach to teaching, learning and behavioural management. Oral commendation and “Good Comments” are used to motivate and reward those who do their best, despite their level of ability. “Good Comments” also allow Teachers to reward those who are helpful and generous or those who participate in English extra curricular activities.