The English Department at Chingford is a highly successful and dedicated department, which offers all students the opportunity to develop to their full potential. It provides a challenging curriculum, and supports students across the ability range. All staff believe english is central to a pupil’s success at school, and ensure that students have the literacy skills necessary to progress across the curriculum, as well as in English. to this end the department uses the 'Lit Programme' - a specific curriculum designed to secure level 4 - with students in Year 7 who need to secure their literacy skills. As part of our wider curriculum the department also supports more able students in preparation for their GCSEs offering Stretch and Challenge lessons in Year 9.
Reading is central to the curriculum, and so the students study a range of texts at Key Stage 3, including two novels in Year 7 – 9, alongside plays and poetry. They are also given a Reading Passport at KS3 which allows the department to reward the students for their wider reading. All students across the Key Stages make excellent progress and enjoy studying the subject, which remains popular at A Level. Consequently, English has over 100 students studying the subject in the Sixth Form. Results in the department are consistently excellent, and significantly above national average. In 2015, 82% of GCSE students achieved A* - C.
All staff in the English Department believe every student is capable of success and offer them the opportunity to enjoy success in a positive and encouraging environment.