Welcome to the English department. In this section of the website, you will find important information for the department as well as some useful links to our curriculum page. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Meet the department
Miss Aston – Head of Department - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Panait – 2iC English – email@example.com
Mrs Samworth – KS5 Co-ordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Osborne - Intervention Co-ordinator - email@example.com
Miss Rubio – Teacher of English - firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Neville – Teacher of English - email@example.com
Mr Kelly – Teacher of English – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr McLintock – Head of Year 8 - email@example.com
Miss Mohan – Head of Sixth Form - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Perkins – Assistant Headteacher - email@example.com
Mr McDonnell – Assistant Headteacher - firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Goodwin – Deputy Headteacher - email@example.com
Within English, homework will be set on a weekly basis by the class teacher. Students will be able to find this on Classcharts and should have written the task and deadline in their planner.
We use Seneca, which is an online subject specific question-based platform, and Educake, which is an online homework platform which links directly to the exam boards that we teach at KS4. As your child moves into KS4, homework will begin to incorporate exam practice questions to prepare them for sitting their GCSE.
If your child is unable to access homework online, please ensure that the department are aware so that accessible homework can be set for your child.
Equipment and Resources
department praise and recognition
In English, we strive to acknowledge our students' successes. Students will experience reward and recognition through the school newsletter, postcards and letters home as well as through our subject's Twitter page - @English_Newman
READING AND VOCABULARY LISTS
Thursday 5th October 2023 – National Poetry Day
Thursday 7th March 2024 – World Book Day
Thursday 21st March 2024 – World Poetry Day
Tuesday 2nd April 2024 – International Children’s Book Day
Thursday 2nd May 2024 – Harry Potter Day
Extracurricular opportunities in English
English Extra-Curricular Activities: September 2022 – February 2023
An Inspector Calls Trip
On Wednesday 30th November 2022, we took 150 students from Year 11 (and some from Year 10) to the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham to see An Inspector Calls, which is one of our GCSE English Literature set texts. We were so proud of how wonderful you all were, and an amazing time was had by all!
A Christmas Carol Trip
On Thursday 14th December 2022, 90 Year 11’s went to the RSC in Stratford upon Avon to see A Christmas Carol (another GCSE English Literature set text). Lots of fun was had by all students’ and staff. Our students were excellent ambassadors of CNCS and it was lovely way to get into the Christmas spirit!
Shakespeare in Action Workshop
On Tuesday 31st January, Year 8 were visited by Shakespeare in Action. This involved a workshop with a professional actor who taught the students’ the importance of Shakespeare, but in a fun way! Students re-enacted a key scene from Romeo and Juliet and we hope that they took lots of inspiration and knowledge from the workshop. The English Department can’t wait to teach you the play now in the summer term! 🎭💚
Key stage 4 information
We use the exam board Eduqas for GCSE English Language and Literature. Students are Cardinal Newman will sit their GCSE English Language exam in Year 10 and then complete their GCSE English Literature in Year 11.
You will find links to the exam board's specification and recommended revision materials below:
GCSE English Language - https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language-gcse
GCSE English Literature - https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-literature-gcse
Key stage 5 information
We offer two English A Levels at CNCS:
- English Literature
- English Language and Literature
You will find the links to Edexcel's A Level specification and recommended revision materials below.
English Language and Literature - https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/english-language-and-literature-2015.html
Careers in English
Careers in English
The English Department strives to prepare students for life after school! We believe it’s invaluable that students are inundated with a range of skills that will help them to be successful after they leave us. Some of the things we do are:
- Careers focused sessions at each key stage
- Topics dedicated to ‘professional communication’
- Help students develop team working skills, communication skills, resilience skills, organisational skills and extended writing skills
- Debate style topics that allow students to explore real life issues that will affect them once they leave CNCS
- Wider reading on all topics covered in English
- Use ‘real world’ scenarios in lessons for context
As well as this, students are made aware of careers paths that English can take them down. Having a English degree can open up many different routes for students, such as:
- Digital copywriter
- Editorial assistant
- English as a foreign language teacher
- Magazine journalist
- Newspaper journalist
- Private tutor
- Publishing copy-editor/proof-reader
- Web content manager
- Academic librarian
- Advertising copywriter
- Arts administrator
- Education consultant
- Information officer
- Learning mentor
- Media researcher
- Records manager
- Social media manager
This list is not exhaustive and is ever-changing. Having an English degree or some form of education in English opens up so many routes for students.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s English teacher.