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Reading & Writing in Upper School

How reading and writing is taught in Upper School

Pupils in Lower 4, Upper 2, Upper 3, Upper 4 and Upper 5 are taught English by a subject specialist teacher.


KS 3 pupils follow a modified English curriculum which, although based on the new 2014 National Curriculum, is adapted to meet the special educational needs of the students.  This curriculum focuses on the development of basic skills in literacy and includes the teaching of spelling, writing, phonics and reading strategies.  Students study a range of literature and non-fiction texts.


Pupils in KS 4 continue to develop their reading and writing skills and access qualifications from the following list:

  • AQA Entry Level Certificate in English
  • AQA Functional Skills English at Entry Level 3 or Level 1.
  • Edexcel GCSE English


Reading Intervention

Lower 4 and Upper School have pastoral reading time three times a week during an extended registration period.  Any student who is reading below the stage three level follows an intervention programme designed by the Subject Leader for English and delivered by class pastoral teachers and Learning Support Assistants. 


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