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Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

Dear Parents and Students

Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

In our school we encourage everyone to have the highest expectations of themselves and each other as together we Learn to Lead our Lives.

We are proud of our students’ academic achievements.  Just as importantly, we are a school that cares.  We believe that students need to feel comfortable and secure in order to learn and, as a school, we put as much emphasis on creating a supportive and happy environment as we do on academic success.  We achieve both.

I look forward to working with you to ensure the very best learning and life for the young people in our care.

Vaughan Davies
Headteacher

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ENGLISH

ENGLISH FACULTY

Faculty Leader: Mr N Jones

KEY STAGE 3

English is taught in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum in Wales. Students follow modules of work designed by the English Faculty in concordance with the progressive themes of our innovative skills based curriculum. All learners are introduced to writers from across the literary canon and have the opportunity to explore a wide range of genre and written forms. The Faculty is well resourced with individual class libraries and technologies including TV/DVD, projectors and interactive whiteboards.

KEY STAGE 4

In Years 10 and 11, students are given the choice to study English Language and English Literature, English Language and Media Studies or ‘Triple English’ - a combination of all three. These courses lead to two or three separate qualifications and it is Faculty policy to enter each student for all appropriate examinations. Depending on ability, students may be entered for the Higher Tier papers which allow for grades A*-D, or the Foundation Tier papers, which allow for grades C-G. In English, controlled assessment accounts for 60% of the total marks and the terminal examinations 40% of the total marks. In English Literature, controlled assessment accounts for 25% and the terminal examinations 75% of the total marks. In Media Studies, controlled assessment accounts for 60% and the terminal examinations 40% of the total marks.

KEY STAGE 5

The English Faculty offers AS/Advanced courses in English Literature and English Language.

ENGLISH LITERATURE

This course appeals to those students who are looking for natural progression from GCSE English Literature and who wish to develop further appreciation and enjoyment of the subject based on an informed personal response to a range of texts.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

English Language allows students the opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding of the ways in which English Language can be used.  In addition to being able to develop their own original writing skills, they will be studying from a wide selection of theoretical topics, including Language and Gender, Language and Technology and Language and Power at AS and Language Acquisition and Change at A2. The course is skills based and students will become adept analysts of linguistic data and will also have the opportunity to pursue individual language investigations that reflect their own individual interests. 

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