At COBS we understand the importance of enabling our young people to become competent and confident in their English skills. We follow the current National Curriculum Framework and we subscribe to a differentiated curriculum, which focuses on personalised learning and ensures that our pupils are able to access the same learning opportunities as their peers.

At Key Stage 3, pupils study a range of Curriculum Topics to give them a broad range of opportunities to develop their reading and writing skills. At Key Stage 4, pupils are taught the techniques and skills they will need to be prepared for accreditation through the AQA GCSE or ELC Step Up to English exams.

Pupils’ performance is mapped against our Performance Descriptors which are found in the front of exercise books. Staff use the evidence from classwork and bookwork to update their assessments of pupils’ progress and give pupils a new Working At Grade every half term.

We also aim to enrich the pupils’ experience through wider learning opportunities. One example is the recent trip to Stratford Upon Avon. Pupils were involved in the planning and organisation of the day, had the opportunity to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and participate in a memorable experience of Elizabethan and Jacobean life.

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