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Welcome to the English Department at St Aloysius' College


Ms. E. Doorly (Head of Department)
Ms. N. Cull (Literacy Co-ordinator/2 i/c)
Mr. P. McAuley (Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator)
Miss S. Chambers (Year 11 Intervention Co-Ordinator)
Mr. A. Mugglestone (Head of Year 11)
Mrs. F. Sogojeva (Head of Year 8)
Mr. B. Fowler (A Level Philosophy)
Mr. J. Leahy (EAL Link)
Mrs. C. Cox (Librarian)
Ms. S. Eldridge (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
Ms. S. Kienzel

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8):

During the course of the year, your son will study a novel, non-fiction texts, poetry, drama, a media unit and Shakespeare. He will study both modern and pre-twentieth century texts. He will take part in a range of speaking and listening activities to include individual, paired and group work in order to develop independent thought. The units chosen by the teacher are dependent on the class make-up and text availability.

To improve literacy, one English lesson per week focuses on reading and spelling skills as well as higher order thinking. Years 7 and 8 now have a spelling booklet with strategies to help them learn and record their weekly spelling test results. The best practice is for parents/guardians to test students each week at home before their in-class test. Parents/guardians should sign the booklet each week to confirm their son/ward has been practising. The spellings are commonly misspelt words at KS3. Please download the KS3 Spelling Advice and List below.

Year 9 (transition from KS3-4):

In Year 9, your son will build on previous English skills and prepare himself for the GCSE course, which begins towards the end of Year 9. From September to the February half term, the boys will study a range of modern and pre-twentieth century texts including: non-fiction texts, drama and a novel to lay foundations for the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE Years 10-11):

As a core subject, English is a compulsory GCSE where students are given the opportunity to gain two GCSE qualifications (Language and Literature). All students will study a range of texts including Shakespeare, early and modern Poetry, contemporary playwrights and modern novels.

The department teaches the AQA specification.

All assessment is now terminal at GCSE for both Language and Literature. All students study both GCSE's. There is no controlled assessment or coursework.

Year 10 Course Outline:

Please see Language and Literature tabs for information.

KS5 (Years 12 and 13):

Please see A'Level tab

2016 GCSE Results:

English Language 72%

English Literature 91%

Helping at home:

Reading - Students should be encouraged to read as much quality fiction as possible throughtout their school life. A categorised reading list of books recommended by other boys in the school is available from the Library which includes Challenging Reads. A reading book is part of the students' everyday equipment; there will be an opportunity to read during registration and for Key Stage 3 at the start of some English lessons. There is a proven link between regular reading and high GCSE English results.

In order to improve their reading of non-fiction, students shouls be encouraged to read and discuss articles from magazines, newspapers, blogs and websites in addition to 'junk mail' which can be examined in terms of its text type, purpose, audience and type of language.

Planners - Towards the back of the students' planners, there are key spelling words, spelling strategies and explanations of the way punctuation marks and key grammatical terms (e.g. verbs, nouns and adjectives) shouls be used. Please help your son to prepare for spelling tests.

Homework - Homework is set by class teachers every week(days will vary across the department and schemes of work). Homework tasks are varied and my include: research tasks, preparing for spelling and other tests, essays, creative writing, collecting resources, revision, reading and book reviews. The planner should be used to organise homework and ensure deadlines are met. Students are given sufficient time to complete tasks and it is their responsibility to tell the class teacher if they are unsure of what to do or have lost the sheet etc before it is due in. It is pivotal that students have somewhere quiet to do their homeork: the library is available before and after school, and at break times on a year group rota. There are computers available in the library if internet access is required for research homework.

Equipment - Pens, pencils, ruler, rubber, sharpener, highlighters, reading book (essential), mini-dictionary, mini-thesaurus.

At KS4 post-it notes and ring binders are also required.

Extra-curricular activities:

There are a wide range of activities including our poetry club, and the Year 11 catch-up club. Please see our English teachers for details.

Term Dates

Term Dates

Summer Term 2017
Friday 21st July Last Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Autumn Term 2017
Monday 4th September First Day of Autumn Term (Staff and Year 7 Pupils only) Year 7 to start school at 1pm
Tuesday 5th September First Day of Autumn Term (Years 8, 9, 10 & 11)
Friday 20th October Last Day of Half Term
Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October Half Term Break
Monday 30th October First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Thursday 21st December Last Day of Autumn Term
Spring Term 2018
Wednesday 3rd January First Day of Spring Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 9th February Last Day of Half Term
Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February Half Term Break
Monday 19th February First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Thursday 29th March Last Day of Spring Term
Friday 30th March - Friday 13th April Spring Term Break
Summer Term 2018
Monday 16th April First Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 25th May Last Day of Half Term
Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June Half Term Break
Monday 4th June First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 20th July Last Day of Summer Term

Social Media

Social Media

News & Events...

News & Events...


Latest Alychat - July 2017

Non Uniform Day - Friday 21st July 2017

End of Term Arrangements

YR 11 Results Day

AP4 Internal Exams Timetable

Youth Council Members

Open Days for Secondary Transfer 2018

TFL Live Twitter Travel Alerts

Letter from The Vatican

Saint Aloysius' College Sports Principles

Saint Aloysius' College Sports Principles Part 2

Directions to Playing Field


Latest Alychat - July 2016

Latest Alychat - January 2016

Sports' Report 2015-2016

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

JULY 2017

  • AUGUST 2017

  • THU 17TH - Sixth Form AS & A Level Results Day, 8am to 11.30am

  • THU 24TH - YR 11 GCSE Results Day

  • THU 24TH - YR 12 Enrolment
  • SEPTEMBER 2017

  • MON 4TH - Year 12 into Year 13 Enrolment, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

  • WED 6TH - New Year 12 students' Induction, 8.50am

  • THU 7TH - New Year 13 students' Induction, 8.50am

  • THU 7TH - Start of lessons for all Sixth Formers
  • OCTOBER 2017

  • WED 4TH - Secondary Transfer Open Evening, 5pm - Head's talk begins at 6pm

  • SAT 7TH - Secondary Transfer Open Morning, 9.30am to 11am

  • TUE 10TH - Secondary Transfer Open Morning, 9.15am to 10.30am

  • WED 11TH - Secondary Transfer Open Morning, 9.15am to 10.30am

  • THU 12TH - Secondary Transfer Open Morning, 9.15am to 10.30am