At every stage of their English education the pupils are taught to write English clearly, purposefully and accurately, developing their existing skills and acquiring new ones.

Our extra-curricular activities are enjoyable, challenging and interesting and deliver opportunities for anyone with an interest in English to pursue their talent further.

We aim for every pupil to enjoy the study of English and to approach it with enthusiasm and dedication. We feel passionate about laying the foundation for essay writing and communication, which eventually our pupils will take on and build from as they go to university and in to the workplace.

We deliver GCSE English Language and English Literature through WJEC for the current Year 11 cohort (examination year 2014-2016) and this allows for the teaching of traditional and contemporary texts. Under the new GCSE reform we will be offering GCSE English Language and English Literature through the AQA specification to our new Y10 cohort (examination year 2016-2018) and we have been preparing our Keystage 3 students for the rigour of the new qualifications.

At A level we offer English Literature through the AQA Specification B for our current Y13 (examination year 2014-2016.) Under the new A Level reform we will be offering AQA Specification A to our new Year 12 cohort (examination year 2016-2018.) English Literature at A Level offers the students a wider selection for their more advanced studies and is an extremely popular choice.

Trips are organised frequently: to the theatre to see texts in performance, workshops and academic lectures to stretch and challenge the learning of all of our students. All these trips promote a more 'holistic' approach to the learning experience of the subject. The Department is fully supportive of, and involved with the library, timetabling lessons in there and participating in its author visits. On average, 99% of girls achieve A*-B in their GCSE examinations which is considerably higher than the national average.

Senior School - Keystage 3

The emphasis in Lower School is to provide the girls with opportunities to acquire the writing, reading and communication skills that will be needed to underpin the work that they will encounter at GCSE. Pupils are encouraged to develop their thinking skills, through use of the school's Thinking Skills programme. At Key Stage 3, girls are exposed to the best of literature – old and new.

Years 7-9 are taught in small groups to enable the girls to build their confidence in English and their personal, emotional resilience by providing them with a secure learning environment. 

Our teaching at Keystage 3 is divided into themes which run for a term in length and within the teaching of each theme the girls are exposed to poetry, prose, Shakespeare, drama and non-fiction writing. 

Themes covered over the Keystage include: The Supernatural; World Literature; Times Gone By and Magical Worlds: this is an innovative and exciting method of delivering the National Curriculum. We also introduce a 19th century literature unit into Year 9 which is a GCSE transition unit allowing our girls to have an early experience of the GCSE skills and standards. 

The girls are introduced to a wider range of skills which bear cross-curricular links such as the use of ICT, research skills, presentational skills and independence in learning.

Senior School - Keystage 4

All girls study to achieve GCSEs in English Language and English Literature with the current Year 11 cohort (examination years 2014-2016) follow the WJEC examination board.

Our new Year 10 cohort (examination year 2015-2017) will follow the newly reformed GCSE  offered by AQA. The skills that the girls have been taught in previous Keystages are now honed and perfected for assessment.

Pupils are encouraged to develop their thinking skills, through use of the school's Thinking Skills programme.

The girls are taught in smaller groups at GCSE, meaning more individual teacher attention and resulting in very high levels of achievement across the board.

The girls experience a range of culturally and contextually diverse texts; drama, prose, Shakespeare and poetry again feature highly on the syllabus. The students are assessed through external examination, regular internal assessment points and speaking and listening tasks – all skills which they have been learning since Year 7.

The committed subject specialists are always on hand to offer advice and support. The department run English revision classes and workshops to help the girls to improve their grades still further.

Senior School - Keystage 5

The Northwood College for Girls English Department offers A Level English Literature. For our current Year 13 students (examination year 2014-2016) the course runs over two years offering the AS in Year 12 and continuing to A2 the following year. 

A Level English Literature is delivered through the AQA Specification B and students experience the study of the narrative form and the Gothic genre. Under the new examination reform our new Year 12 students (examination years 2015-2017) will study the A Level course through AQA Specification A over two years, sitting their final examinations at the end of the two years. 

During this time the girls will study Modern Literature from 1945 – present day and ‘Love Through the Ages.’  

Both A Levels are rigorous academic courses and help to prepare the girls for the academic demands of university, teaching resilience, organisation, independence and responsibility for one's learning.

Small groups and specialist teachers ensure excellent academic achievement across the qualification and this is a very popular A Level subject.

Senior School - Extra-Curricular Activities  

Our aim is to offer a wealth of activities enabling everyone to be able to participate fully, regardless of age or interest.

Thank you Northwood College for all your hard work. My daughter would not have achieved 11 A grades without your hard work and dedication.

Parent of Year 11 student
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