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FSM Application Form
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Admissions Policy 2018/2019
Supplementary Form 2018/19

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By Pearl Denham
Year 8


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We look forward to the return of our students back to St Edmund's Catholic School on Monday 19th February 2018. We…
St Edmund's Catholic School will be closed for half-term from the 12th until the 16th February 2018.
The school currently has a vacancy for a Parent Governor. Further details can be found on the school website (Gove…
Art Image of the Week by Year 7 student.


Life of St Edmund's Prayer


Heavenly Father, as we gather in prayer, we ask for the guidance and inspiration of our school patron,
St Edmund, who led a life based on Gospel values and the belief in the power of God.

We pray that like Edmund, each of us will personally come to believe that,
“I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
and that together our school community may grow ever closer to you and to one another.

May our school be a place that reaches out to the wider community
and is mindful of the environment around us.

We pray in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.                                                                     





Approach to Teaching

Communication is at the centre of all our lives. At Saint Edmund's School we aim to equip our students with the skills to deal with an increasingly complex world. Developing the students' abilities in reading, writing and speaking and listening are, of course, the foundation of the teaching and learning in this area. We also focus on the influence of the media and ICT, and encourage students to consider the role these important factors play in their lives.

We believe that English is an exciting subject that can engage all pupils. In order to facilitate this we try to ensure that English at St Edmund’s is active, engaging and multi-modal. All lessons at St Edmund’s are carefully planned to embed Bloom’s Taxonomy and Reciprocal teaching. The English department aim to allow pupils to become creative, independent learners who are perceptive and empathetic in their responses to literature. We want them to be able to communicate intelligently and effectively and use Speaking and Listening to develop all aspects of literacy. We hope that all pupils will emerge as effective and sensitive communicators, a skill which will help them in their future careers.

(Hamlet Production)

Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)

English Literature/Language - KS3

The KS3 curriculum fulfils all the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our aim is to make all students proficient language users in the three modes of speaking and listening, reading, and writing whilst still encouraging their imaginations to develop.

The St Edmund’s English syllabus at KS3 offers a blend of the modern and the traditional and affords huge enjoyment, based on high standards, to the students. We study modern novels such as ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’, Skulduggery Pleasant’, ‘Stone Cold’, and ‘Noughts and Crosses’ which are juxtaposed with more traditional literature such as Shakespeare’s plays such as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ and Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’. Our approach to language also includes units on the news, gothic tales, texts from other cultures and poetry and Media studies of films such as ‘Chicken Run’, ‘Life is Beautiful’ and the James Bond series.

Our use of the Assessing Pupil Progress framework enables effective monitoring of student progress and the delivery of lessons and resources matched appropriately to students’ needs. Our KS3 results are always well above the national average. Students have the opportunity to enjoy visiting theatre company productions; take part in creative writing competitions and have book talks from visiting authors. We also produce our own anthology of creative writing.


Last year a selection of Year 8 students took part in a national project 'Letter to an Unknown Soldier'.   Their letters are now available to read online.

Please click here to view letters to an Unknown Soldier

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Key Stage 4 content (Year 10 & 11) 

English Literature and Language: AQA GCSE Syllabus

From 2017/18 onwards


Two Papers of 1 hr 45 mins/80 marks

Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

SECTION A – 40 MARKS - 4 Questions on ONE literature fiction text (two short form questions (both4 marks), one long question (8 marks), one extended question (20 marks)).

SECTION B – 40 MARKS – One extended question involving descriptive or narrative writing prompted by an image, quote or stimulus (24 marks for content, 16 marks for accuracy).

Paper 2 – Writers viewpoints and perspectives

SECTION A – 40 MARKS – 4 questions (format as above) on TWO texts – one non-fiction, one literary non-fiction. One text will always be from the 19th century, whilst the other will be either 20th or 21st century (dependent on text used in Paper 1). Form of texts will be journalism, articles, diaries, sketches, autobiography. The emphasis of the texts is to show how attitudes have changed over time.

Section B – 40 marks – One extended question with clearly designated form, audience and purpose on a similar theme as mentioned in Section A (24 marks content, 16 marks accuracy).


For a breakdown of which texts your child’s class will be studying, please check our ‘Outline of Study’ document that is also available to download.

Two papers consisting of 1 hr 45 mins (64 marks) and 2 hrs 15 mins (96 marks)

Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th century novel (64 marks)

SECTION A – (34 marks) ONE question on a Shakespeare play of their choice. This will involve a detailed response to an extract and then a discussion on the text as a whole. (Texts we have available are Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest)N.B. Four marks are awarded for clarity of purpose, vocabulary, range of sentence structures and effects in this question.

SECTION B – (30 MARKS) ONE question on a 19th century novel of their choice. This will involve a detailed response to an extract and then a discussion of the text as a whole. (Texts we have available are Frankenstein, The Sign of Four, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, A Christmas Carol).

Paper 2

Modern Texts and Poetry (96 marks)

SECTION A – (34 marks) Answer ONE essay question from a choice of TWO on a modern text of your choice (Texts we have available Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Never Let me Go, Pigeon English) N.B. Four marks are awarded for clarity of purpose, vocabulary, range of sentence structures and effects in this.

SECTION B – (30 MARKS) Answer ONE question on an unseen poem and one of 15 poems from the chosen poetry cluster OF THEIR CHOICE. The two clusters are ‘Love and Relationships’ or ‘Power and Conflict’.

SECTION C – (32 MARKS) Answer TWO questions – one (24 marks) on another unseen poem, and one comparing this unseen poem to one other (8 marks).

Listed below is information on which books all KS4 pupils will be studying in their respective classes.

 2018-2019 Leavers English Literature Outline of Study

Year 10 Autumn Term Homework

Year 11 Autumn Term Homework

If you have any further questions please contact the school on 023 9282 3766, Director of Learning for English, Mrs F.Thompson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Second in Charge of English, Mr J. Were, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Exemplar reading and writing for the new KS4 syllabus

Exemplar One:
In the poem London the idea of power and hierarchy is explored; how does this compare to the poem Ozymandias?

Examplar Two:

Write a description or narrative suggested by the picture


By James Baxter, Year 11

By Teodora Lasac, Year 11

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February 2018

School Re-opens for all students

W/c 26th
Reading Week
KS3 students must remember their reading books this week


World Book Day
Students can dress up as their favourite character from a book
but must be suitable attire to wear in school all day

Dance Show, 7pm

OAP Party
2pm - 4pm

Year 8 Parents Evening
4pm - 6.30pm

Last Day of Term

Good Friday
(School Closed)

Easter Holiday
2nd - 13th April 2018

School re-opens on the 16th April

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Stars of the Week

Performing Arts &
Music Stars of the Week

All students who participated in the Performing Arts Day.

Thank you all for your hard work throughout the day learning Drama, Dance and Music from We Will Rock You the musical. 
We were so impressed with your final performance.

Keep up the excellent work!

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