FOUNDATION | EXAMINATION | ADVANCED
During the Foundation stage of The Kingsbury Curriculum (Year 7 and Year 8) students are introduced to a variety of texts from different genres, encouraging students to have a broad and balanced view and to develop the skills needed for the acceleration stage. Students have four English lessons a week including one designated literacy lesson solely focused on spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension skills. The faculty has also launched a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ programme, aimed at making reading a part of the daily diet for every Kingsbury High School student.
During the Examination Stage, in Year 9 students prepare for the rigour of GCSEs by exploring key texts needed for their GCSEs and developing planning skills. There is also increasing emphasis being put on literacy skills at this stage. In Year 10 students will be embarking on the new style GCSEs. These will be assessed at the end of Year 11 and will be 100% examination. Students in Year 10 and Year 11 will undertake the study of two separate qualifications: English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE. The examination board is AQA. The new curriculum encourages a love of Literature and the ability to explore more challenging 19th century fiction and non-fiction texts.