The EBIS English Department

English is often described as ‘the language of opportunity’ and at EBIS we want to ensure that our students are allowed to make the very best use of that opportunity.  We want them to leave our school able to communicate clearly and confidently, in both written and spoken English, so they are better able to understand themselves and the world around them.  This will enable them to enter the next stage of their education or career smoothly, and with more chance of success in and ever increasingly competitive world.

We aim to do this by placing a huge emphasis on literacy, English language and English literature throughout all of our Key Stages.  Using the English National Curriculum as a framework, delivered by qualified, experienced and passionate staff, we embed the crucial skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening, from day one.

For example, in EYFS, children listen to poetry, rhymes and songs – the building blocks needed to grasp phonics and reading skills when it is developmentally appropriate.  In addition to this, they gain an understanding and love of books which is essential for the development of reading and writing skills, and in becoming familiar with words and letters and the purpose of writing.

This is then further developed in Key Stages 1 and 2 where the daily literacy lesson is dedicated to the pupils reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. This includes phonics and spellings, grammar, punctuation, reading and handwriting.

There is no doubt that the literacy programme in these Key Stages are allowing our students to make the transition to Key Stage 3 English with confidence, and they are able to explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, poems and plays, and produce writing both as formal essays and creative pieces within a wide range of genres.  Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 these skills are further developed and enhanced, so that all students are prepared to sit the Pearson I-Lower Secondary exam at the end of Year 9.

As students progress into Key Stages 4 and 5, they have the opportunity to achieve three international GCSE exams in English: international GCSE First and Second Language English and international GCSE English Literature.  Success in international GCSE will allow students to study AS and A Level Language and  / Literature.

Across all key stages, we work closely with our Learning Support team, ensuring that any student who is experiencing difficulties accessing the curriculum for whatever reason, is given the support they need in order to help them reach their full potential. This support takes place both in class and in small withdrawal groups, and is invaluable to the work we do.

Rigorous assessment, both formative and summative, is embedded in all key stages with summative assessments, in the form of written essays, writing tasks and oral presentations or performances, take place at the end of each unit.  In addition to this, end of term examinations assess their overall progress over each term.

We also are delighted to have well stacked and very well staffed libraries, dedicated to the various key stages.  These spaces not only help us in our endeavours to embed a lifelong love of reading within our students, but also give teachers a valuable space to take their students to research class topics, helping them to develop crucial independent learning skills.

Jane Kinsella

Head of English

English Department Staff List

  • Ms. Jane Kinsella
  • Ms. Amira Mazhar
  • Ms. Victoria Moreira
  • Ms. Lenka Starkova
  • Ms. Sally Swellam