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 focussed 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’.