In years 7 and 8 students develop three core areas:

  • Speaking and Listening;
  • Reading;
  • Writing

These are taught by studying different topics each term.

We employ films as a technique  to engage students who are less confident readers to enable their access to the curriculum. Other approaches that we use are reading shortened versions of stories; this means that students can complete the work without having to read a vast amount of words.

Finally, speaking and listening is a core skill that is used within lessons. It is used to develop ideas, expand understanding and to plan.

Year 9 students will have the option to start either their GCSE studies or functional skills qualifications.


All students at LWS have the opportunity to study two qualifications in English. These are:

– Functional Skills

– GCSE English Language


Functional Skills has two approaches. Entry Level courses can be assessed in class through coursework.

Levels 1 and 2 have exams. These are made up of three components:

  • Speaking and listening, this is assessed in class;
  • Reading, assessed by a 1 hour exam in the summer;
  • Writing, also assessed by a 1 hour exam in the summer.

Those who choose to study GCSEs can gain an English Language qualification. These are assessed by two 2 hour exams in the summer.

Students will study:

  • A range of non-fiction texts;
  • Poetry;
  • Fiction texts.
  • They will also write a range of non-fiction texts.

They will develop their knowledge of how language can affect audience, purpose and form.

Writing skills focus on the accuracy of punctuation to achieve desired effects.

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