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Archbishop Tenison's

Church of England High School

Archbishop Tenison's CE High School
Selborne Road

English: ‘Where imagination is in charge’

Our motto, ‘Where imagination is in charge”, was created by students in Key Stage 3 and reflects what they believe are the values of the English Department. 

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, we have three main aims:

1) improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of our students so they can successfully access the school curriculum

2) foster a love of reading of a wide variety of texts

3) encourage imagination and creativity 

All English classes are taught in mixed ability groups to foster an environment of inclusive learning.  Lessons and resources are differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils.  In all lessons, we aim to stretch the most able, as well as make the curriculum accessible and enjoyable for learners with Special Educational Needs.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, we are currently entering our students for the AQA English Language GCSE and the AQA English Literature GCSE. We believe that these courses offer our students the best opportunity for success and the best preparation for A Level Literature and A Level Language.

Key stage 5

We follow the AQA A Level English Literature (specification A) course, evaluating a wide variety of texts and contexts. We also offer the AQA A Level English Language qualification, examining language use and acquisition in a variety of contexts.  We feel both courses prepare students well for university, not only for the study of English Literature or English Language, but for a wealth of other subjects. 

The Teaching Team

We have an outstanding team of dedicated, specialist English teachers. Our Department is very experienced and we have enabled our students to gain outstanding results over a number of years.

Mrs Jefferson (Head of Department)

Mrs Bidmeade (Second in Department)

Mr Pauline (Acting Second in Department)

Miss Holdrick

Mr Hart (Assistant Headteacher)

Miss Eyre (Assistant Headteacher)

Mr Walters (Deputy Headteacher) 


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