Key Stage 4 English

At The Polesworth School, pupils in Years 10 and 11 pupils follow the AQA Literature and Language Specification.
The following is a brief summary of the G.C.S.E. courses we follow:

English Language Exam

Paper One: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Students are assessed on their analysis of one extract of literary fiction and on their own piece of descriptive or narrative writing.

Paper Two :Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Students are assessed on their analysis of one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text and on their ability to compare the two and n their own piece of writing in which they must present a viewpoint.

Speaking & Listening

Students are assessed on one spoken presentation and on their ability to respond to questions from their audience.

English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel.

Students will study Macbeth and A Christmas Carol.  They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the texts and relate this to the work as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

In this unit, students will study An Inspector Calls and a selection of poetry on the topic of conflict or love. In their exam students will answer one question from a choice of two on the drama text and one comparative answer on the selection of poetry. In addition, they will answer one question on an unseen poem and one question comparing this poem to a second unseen poem.

Results

As a Department we are committed to achieving the best possible results for all of our students. This is borne out by our excellent record of grades. Look at these!

GCSE English 2015

A*

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

U

TOTAL

Girls 2 11 42 47 8 1 1 0 0 112

Boys

2 7 34 36 19 10 0 0 0 108

Total

4 18 76 83 27 11 1 0 0 220


A* – C Pass Rates (%): English – 2015

National Average

Polesworth

Difference

Girls

72.8 91.07 +18.27

Boys

57.7 73.14 +15.44

Total

65.4 82 +16.6


GCSE English 2014

 

A*

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

U

TOT

Girls

1 9 37 50 10 6 1 1 0 115

Boys

0 6 25 49 26 13 2 0 0 121

Total

1 15 62 99 36 19 3 1 0 236


Polesworth GCSE English percentages of year group (national average in brackets)  2014

A* – C Pass Rates (%): English – 2014

National Average

Polesworth

Difference

Girls

69.7 84.34 +14.65

Boys

53.8 66.12 +12.32

Total

61.7 75 +13.3

 

A* A B C D E U A – C A – E

Girls

0 4 4 3 3 0 0 11 14

Boys

0 2 0 5 1 0 0 7 8

Total

0 6 4 8 4 0 0 17 22
0 27.3 18.2 36.4 18.2 0 0 81.8 100