At Leeds City Academy we strongly believe that success in life is dependent on the ability to communicate well both in written and spoken English. We work extensively on the basics of good written English- grammar, clarity and spelling. From simple sentence construction to how to create a powerful speech, everything we do is focused on ensuring pupils can express themselves as fully as possible.
We also believe that success in English can only be achieved through fostering a love of the written word. Therefore, reading is essential to success. Our motto is ‘readers are achievers’. In years 7-10 pupils have weekly reading lessons where they participate in the Accelerated Reading programme- a computer based programed designed to improve their literacy skills. All our schemes are based around exciting novels, plays and poetry from the English Literary tradition and the wider English speaking world.
The English department at Leeds City Academy has a proud tradition of creative writing. We have strong links with The West Yorkshire Playhouse and have worked closely with Leeds Young Authors and The Headingley Literature Festival. As part of our enrichment programme we invite visiting authors into school; participate in poetry slams and invite theatre companies into school to bring the ‘texts to life’.
We currently offer GCSE English Language (WJEC Educas) and GCSE English Literature (WJEC Educas)
- GCSE English Language (WJEC Eduqas)
- GCSE English Literature (WJEC Eduqas)
Term by Term Schemes of Work
The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department
The EAL department believes that students’ acquisition of English is best achieved in mainstream classrooms where EAL students are actively engaged and supported by all school staff, and have access to good models of English from their peers.We acknowledge that, for many EAL students, the only barrier to learning is English and that many students are Able Bilingual Learners who can achieve no less than as well as their monolingual peers. We promote and celebrate bilingualism. We consider the acquisition of English as a necessity for success in the curriculum and the development of students’ English skills as the responsibility of every member of staff.The department comprises EAL teachers, Student Support Workers and bilingual EAL Teaching Assistants. The EAL Department at Leeds City Academy supports pupils of all abilities with English as an Additional Language. We aim to work with these pupils in the following ways:
- Special EAL English groups for New To English pupils. EAL English groups aim to develop the basic skills in English of listening, speaking, reading and writing to enable students to move to mainstream English classes as quickly as possible AND to support the students’ use of English in other areas of the curriculum.
- A week long EAL Induction for New To English students.
- Providing additional options for New To English and late arriving students in Years 10 and 11
- Offering GCSE exams and exam support in available Heritage Languages to pupils in Years 10 and 11.
- Developing resources and strategies to support pupils in mainstream classes and their teachers and support staff.
- Supporting Progress Leaders to provide high quality admission and induction.
- Working with the Pastoral team to provide pastoral support.
- Sharing information with school colleagues about students’ prior and current education, experiences and needs, including raising awareness about students’ culture and background.
- Working closely with Parent / Carers to facilitate their involvement in their child's school experience.
- Facilitating individual access to and attendance at school,alongside school staff.
- Liaising with other groups such as Social Services, Education transport / benefits, the GRTAS,community groups to support pupils and families.
- Working alongside careers and alternative provision providers to access appropriate courses and work placements for pupils.
- Providing training for school staff about the needs of EAL / overseas students and strategies to meet those needs.
- Running after school ‘New to English’ and computer and homework clubs for target students.