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Stamford High School

English Language and Literature

Pupils in Y10 and Y11 will follow a course leading to International GCSE qualifications in both English Language and English Literature.

The fact that we teach two separate subjects means that there is a lot of ground to cover at Key Stage 4, but it also allows staff to devise a single, unified course, appropriate to the ability of the set, which is both enjoyable and a valuable preparation for all those considering taking English at A level.

For the Language qualification, pupils will be taught to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in speech and writing; to understand and respond appropriately to what they hear, read and experience; to enjoy and appreciate variety of language; to complement other areas of their study by developing skills of a more general application (e.g. analysis, synthesis, drawing of inferences); and to promote their personal development and an understanding of themselves and others.

For the Literature Paper they will study different texts of a challenging literary nature, covering the genres of prose, poetry and drama. They will be taught to understand and respond to literary texts in different forms and from different periods and cultures; communicate an informed personal response appropriately and effectively; and appreciate different ways in which writers achieve their effects.

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