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The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

Inspiring People;
Breaking Boundaries

Communications Faculty


Faculty Staff
Miss A. Roberts (HoF)
Mrs V. Grogan
Ms J. Booth
Mr A. Hudson
Mr M. Bolton
Miss H. Bowers

English Overview

 The fundamental vision of the English department is to secure a lifelong appreciation for literature and to develop students’ ability to harness the power of language. Our students are placed at the centre of our everyday practice. The curriculum at KS3 is focused on developing core skills, building the confidence of students to ensure they are secondary ready and collaboration with peers in order to achieve at KS4 and develop life long skills.

Our new KS3 curriculum, in Years 7 and 8 and 9 , is engaging, inspiring and rigorous. We build upon the key skills taught at KS2 and we have developed an integrated topic approach to teach the three core skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening. The curriculum is centred on high quality texts through which we aim to teach transactional skills with a clear focus on developing literacy skills for life. Our assessments are timely and drive progress for all students. Students readily engage with feedback though planned DIRT sessions, which foster a genuine thirst for learning and a desire for success.

At KS4, the department follows the AQA exam board specifications. There are two main qualifications available to pupils:

• English Language GCSE

• English Literature GCSE (Literature is studied alongside Language)

Languages Overview

Spanish is an important subject at the Academy and is a popular choice with students when they make their choices for GCSE. It is part of the English Baccalaureate selection of subjects encouraged by government.

Studying any Modern Foreign language promotes tolerance and understanding of other cultures. It develops so many important skills including memory, confidence and communication skills as well as problem solving and recognising patterns. Universities are very keen that students have studied a language to GCSE and most employers recognise the value of having staff who are willing to try to communicate with others and overcome language differences. Spanish is very widely spoken across the world. It is estimated that by 2020 the number of Spanish speakers will outnumber the English speakers in the USA quite considerably.

At The De La Salle Academy Spanish is taught in an engaging way using video, games, technology and visits to enthuse and awaken the developing minds of our students. Students are encouraged to use the spoken language from day one in the classroom and practice listening, reading, writing and translation skills in each lesson.

Media Overview

As a student of Media Studies GCSE students have the opportunity to develop an understanding not only of the Television, Radio, Newspaper, Magazine, Film and Social Media Industries, but also a deeper understanding of the world through contextual studies. Critical analysis of media texts will also enable students to raise their standards of literacy (reading and writing), oracy (speaking and listening), numeracy, research and presentation skills.

At The De La Salle Academy, Media Studies is taught in an interactive and exciting manner. The expertise and enthusiasm of the teacher, generates a desire for both independent and team work during both research investigations and project work. Students will also develop the ability to gain a deeper understanding of British values together with an appreciation and celebration of diversity.

The WJEC specification enables students to develop knowledge and understanding of the ways in which meanings and responses are generated through media texts. The specification encourages students to consider the contrasting and culturally diverse range of media texts from different national contexts. In addition, the specification highlights the relationship between media industries and the development of media technology over time. Students are encouraged to consider how media texts reflect the social, cultural and political contexts in which they are made.

This course will also enable students to apply their knowledge and understanding of media texts to use creativity and technological skills to produce films, design posters, design magazine covers, create storyboards and produce screenplays. In addition, they will have opportunities to work with ambassadors from the media industries.

Drama Overview

Drama is a practical subject designed to give pupils the opportunity to work amongst each other and express themselves in a safe environment. Through drama pupils explore the world in which we live and gain indispensable skills needed for lifelong learning. Drama helps develop personal qualities such as group work, the ability to communicate and co-operate effectively with others. Building self-confidence is at the core of the subject expanding their social awareness, empathy, values and attitudes. Pupils discover the world of theatre and gain the skills needed to be an accomplished, confident performer. They will understand and participate in the creative process required to produce successful performance work and will show appreciation of the art form through personal reflection and evaluation.

English Language
Contact: Miss A. Roberts
Applies to: Year 10 & 11
Course Type: GCSE English Language
Exam Board: AQA
Specification Code: 8700
Board Website: AQA English Language


English Literature
Contact: Miss A. Roberts
Applies to: Year 10 & 11
Course Type: GCSE English Literature
Exam Board: AQA
Specification Code: 8702
Board Website: AQA English Literature

Useful Links

GCSE Bitesize English Language:

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