Introduction to the English Department

At Oak Lodge School we strive for all our pupils to be confident and effective communicators, to the best of their ability and understand their own strengths.

To achieve this, the school aims to:

  • ​make learning accessible for all pupils (this includes pupils who have complex needs e.g. those who require Alternative Augmentation Communication etc.)
  • develop pupils’ reading, writing, language and communication skills
  • ​prepare pupils so that they leave school confident and competent in using a variety of communication methods to increase their chances of succeeding in both the hearing world and the wider deaf community as adults


English is at the heart of all learning at Oak Lodge School. From Years 7 – 14, our aim is to enable pupils to have functional English and literacy skills, so that they can flourish as adults.

Key Stage 3 pupils are taught using a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to broaden their vocabulary and knowledge of the world. This is supplemented by differentiated texts, online assessments and reading interventions.

Pupils are encouraged to read regularly and to develop a love of books. As such, we have a wide-range of age appropriate texts and a dedicated library space, where pupils are encouraged to read independently and are able to self-assess their progress using our online system  ‘Accelerated Reader’. Additionally, we have our own writing programme called ‘Visual Coding’ which is similar to colourful semantics and helps the pupils to develop their grammatical and overall writing skills.

The team of highly motivated, subject specialist teachers are skilled at understanding the specific language needs of Deaf learners and work alongside our Speech and Language Therapists to improve and build upon pupils’ communication skills and enable them to interact confidently with their peers, both hearing and hearing impaired.

Pupils follow individualised learning targets and work together with their class through topic-based learning. We are able to meet the needs of a wide ability range within these lessons and ensure that all pupils are supported and extended as necessary. We also promote thematic learning, where groups of pupils can do cross curricular work with other departments, as well as other English groups, on the same topic.

All pupils are encouraged to undertake accreditations during Key Stage 4-5, these are decided on an individual basis and pupils have access to a wide range of accreditation options dependant on their English abilities, which are continually assessed. We provide a solid platform in English for each individual throughout their time here so that they are fully prepared and ready to continue their progression when their Oak Lodge journey comes to an end.


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 Departmental Staff

Position Name
Head of English                    Mr D. Houston
English Teacher Ms S. Cassandro
English Teacher                  Ms H. Mortimore
Assistant Head/English Teacher Ms B. Dames
Assistant Head/English Teacher Ms J. Palmer
Higher Learning Teaching Assistant  Ms A. Campbell-Nottage
Teaching Assistant Ms R. Mason
Teaching Assistant Ms L. Jeilani



Exam Board Qualification Type
ASDAN                                                       Unit Award Scheme – Language and Literacy
ASCENTIS Functional Skills Entry Level – Unit Award Scheme
City and Guilds Functional Skills English Entry Level 1 to Level 2


Curriculum Guides
Click on the year below and the curriculum guides will open in a new window.

To view the Year 7 Curriculum Guides click here

To view the Year 8 – Year 10 Curriculum Guides click here

To view the Year 11 – 14 Curriculum Guides click here

To view the TWI Curriculum Guides click here

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