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To develop a clear language for learning which allows students to express themselves in oral and written modes.

The English Faculty strives to be at the heart of a vibrant curriculum at DACA.

We want your child to become an outstanding reader, writer and speaker of Standard English. We will equip every child with the communication skills which are needed in an ever-changing, technologically diverse world. This belief in the importance of literacy forms the foundation of our English curriculum. Through a range of exciting learning contexts, students will not only be equipped with the foundations for future entrepreneurial and academic success, they will develop a love of literature whilst mastering the skills needed to make a success of their examinations at both GCSE and A-level.

Our core aim is to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, no matter what their level of ability, through a supportive, creative and engaging approach to teaching and learning. 

English Team

  • Mrs Claire Holden - Director of Learning for English
  • Mr Mark Troughear - Assistant Director of Learning for Media Studies
  • Mrs Katie Puzon - Assistant Director of Learning for English
  • Ms Trish Dobson - Assistant Leader of Professional Learning
  • Mrs Rachel Lewis - Head of Upper School
  • Miss Jade Tumelty - SENCO
  • Mrs Kirsty Clarke
  • Mrs Nicola Smith
  • Miss Michelle Billington
  • Miss Hayley Kelly

Teaching staff within the English Faculty offer a wide range of specialist areas, ranging from entry level literacy through to GCSE English Literature, Language, Film Studies, Media, up to A –Level English Literature, combined Literature and Language and A Level Media.

What can a student expect from the Faculty?

  • Highly qualified, enthusiastic and committed teaching staff
  • High, unrelenting expectations of students
  • Help, guidance and support
  • A 'teach to the top' approach to teaching and learning, whereby all students are sufficiently stretched and challenged to develop their competency in the subject.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

The English faculty offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities across all Key Stages. The aims of these sessions vary from encouraging students to read for pleasure through to supporting students with revision and consolidation of core skills.


  • To provide an environment where pupils are passionate about learning.
  • To promote and nurture students' intellectual curiosity
  • To develop a clear language for learning which allows students to express themselves in oral and written modes.
  • To acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • To encourage the research and investigation of ideas.
  • To develop thinking skills and approaches to problem solving.
  • To ensure tolerance of others and respect for ideas and opinions.
  • To read fluently, and with good understanding to help recognise and appreciate the richness and variety of language and literature through time, within other cultures.
  • Read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • Learn how to value and judge constructively their own work and the work of others.
  • Write effectively and coherently using standard English appropriately, use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately.
  • To develop social and oracy skills through participation in group projects, debate and through shared experiences.
  • To develop the potential for further study by thinking critically and having the ability to synthesise information/ideas.
  • To promote independent learning, in particular to encourage all students (especially Years 10 & 11) to access after school support to develop autonomy.

Key Stage 3 - Overview

In Key Stage 3, students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

Students in Years 7, 8 will follow a reformed, challenging programme of study which is aimed at providing all students with the skills required to become independent readers, writers and communicators of Standard English without compromising their passion and enjoyment of the subject. Not only does this prepare students for GCSE study, it also
provides them with the important tools needed to transfer skills to other curriculum areas.

As a prerequisite for GCSE, students in Year 9 will complete a transitional programme of study designed to readily prepare them for the demands of the newly reformed GCSE English Language and Literature curriculum.

Students will be placed into fluid, mixed ability progress groups with the common aim of working together to make continued progress in English; all lessons provide students with opportunities to stretch and challenge their learning, regardless of their starting and predicted levels of progress.

Underpinning every English lesson is pace, challenge and progress. We work hard to personalise the curriculum wherever possible. We can say with confidence that with their literacy skills developed and consolidated, all students will have a sound grounding for their studies at KS4 and beyond.

Key Stage 4 - Overview

Students in KS4 build on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in KS3; they already have the foundations for realising their potential at GCSE.

Our purpose is to ensure that we plan carefully the specific examination preparation opportunities; however, we ensure that the enjoyment remains. Students study a range of high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and are provided with opportunities to hone their writing skills so that they can approach their GCSE English Language and English Literature examinations with confidence. Our approach at KS4 is designed to encourage students to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Through Literature in particular , students have a chance to develop culturally and acquire knowledge of our literary heritage.

Our expectation is that all students apply themselves to both GCSE English Language and Literature course; in turn this encourages students to read widely for pleasure, transfer core skills across subjects and prepare them for academic success at a higher level.

With the highest of expectations, personalised support and positive mindset, we are confident that all students will gain a GCSE grade in English, regardless of their starting point.


Mrs C holden - Director of Learning for English