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Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School     
Merthyr Dyfan Road
Barry
CF62 9YQ
Vale of Glamorgan

Telephone: 01446 403500

Fax: 01446 403501

Email: brynhafrencs.bhcs@valelearning.com

English

English

The Faculty believes there is a lot of truth in Aristotle’s assertion that “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” Pupils are encouraged to experiment with language, texts and performance/art to foster a love of the subject and facilitate their progress. Assessment for Learning is central to the faculty’s ethos. Frequent opportunities for peer- and self-assessment are built into the Faculty’s schemes of work so that pupils take ownership of their progress. Year Seven pupils are put into ability groups using their KS2 data and National Reading Test scores. Pupils’ setting is fluid, based on academic performance and potential. Pupils are taught in sets until the end of Key Stage 4. Always, these are flexible to allow for movement between sets as pupils progress. Teachers use performance data to inform their planning and track pupil progress to ensure all pupils achieve or exceed their potential.

Staff List

Miss L Banks (Head of Faculty) @BHEnglish
Mrs A Egan (i/c KS3 and Literacy Co-ordinator)
Miss H Davies (MAT Co-ordinator)
Mrs C Dix (Year 8 Learning Manager)
Ms K Nicholas
Mrs L Oakley (KS5 Co-ordinator)

Mr D Berry (maternity cover)

 KS3

At Key Stage Three, pupils study a range of topics in new Schemes of Learning that have been created with the new English Language GCSE in mind. Topics include: the Gothic tradition; Super Furry Animals; Private Peaceful; Dystopia; and a range of Shakespeare. The Faculty’s end of key stage data has been in BMQ1 for three years. There are creative writing and debating clubs for KS3 pupils.

KS4

At Key Stage Four, English Literature and English Language are taught concurrently. All pupils are entered for both qualifications. All pupils study Of Mice and Men, Blood Brothers and Lord of the Flies for Literature.  Language-wise, the pupils develop the essential reading and writing skills needed for the GCSE through topic-based schemes of learning such as ‘Space’ and ‘Attitudes to Women’. Revision is every Monday 3-4pm. There is a debating club for KS4 pupils.

KS5

At Key Stage Five, the faculty offers English Literature and English Language and Literature, and traditionally enjoys a large uptake of pupils from Bryn Hafren and Barry Comprehensive School, recognised as Barry Sixth Form. The success rate is high at this level and many pupils go on to study English at university (including Oxford). Teaching at this level is a real privilege and teachers choose their texts to suit their strengths, and the needs of the pupils.