We pride ourselves on delivering a carefully developed curriculum is both stimulating and encouraging our pupils to be creative, resilient and ambitious, as well as being focused on improving Literacy.

At Key Stage 3 pupils receive six lessons a week. These lessons engage and pupils through a rich diet of group, pair and individual work, with a strong emphasis on Literacy. Work is organised into half-termly units, focusing on the range of skills required to speak, read and write effectively. We also aim to introduce pupils to the best in young people’s literature, both classic and contemporary, from Other cultures as well as our own. In addition, pupils love of literature is encouraged with a fortnightly time-tabled library lesson, in which children have the opportunity to read for pleasure, selecting books from the wide selection of titles available in our well-stocked library.

In addition to work completed in exercise books, each pupil will produce ‘core’ assessments, through which they are trained to work in the manner required for GCSE controlled assessments. Through these Key Stage 3 assessments pupils’ reading, writing and oracy skills are regularly assessed: pupils peer and self-assess and in so doing develop their critical awareness. Examinations further test pupils reading and writing skills: oracy is moderated throughout the year. Our boys’ attainment at Level 5* at Key Stage 3 is amongst the best in Caerphilly County Borough.

At GCSE we currently follow the WJEC English Language and Literature courses. Our GCSE results are continually rising and once again this year our Level 2 results are above the average boys’ attainment in Caerphilly LEA. A significant number of pupils continue in their study of English Literature at Advanced level and beyond.

As well as the work that goes on in lessons, we offer a program-e of extra-curricular English and Media activities, such as film-making club and a Reading Circle. We also run a variety of school trips: our pupils have been to far-flung places such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York as well as trips to watch the Cardiff Devils play Ice Hockey (which is one of our reward trips).

We are committed to striving for new, inventive Ways to bring English to life for our pupils beyond the classroom, and really excite them about our subject. All of our classrooms are fitted with Interactive Whiteboards and projectors that we use to teach our Programme of study in a modern and innovative way. Our classrooms also feature common displays so that pupils are surrounded by key vocabulary, pupil-friendly assessment criteria and helpful prompts meaning our classrooms are complete learning environments.