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All the teachers at Harris Academy South Norwood wish you all a very safe half term.


Yesterday saw over 200 students come to Harris South Norwood to explore their dream: be the first


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A 'healthy school' rating system that Ofsted would use should be compulsory, says Jamie Oliver


Lots of young people considering how to learn mandarin tonight


5 new planters designed & built by Mr Blake - will green our site even more


Lovely to see so many visitors at our Sixth Form Open Evening


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Harris Sixth Form students working with to create innovative advertising campaigns


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Netball season has got off to a great start. Y8 team beat Shirley 5-2 on Monday and the Y9 team beat Harris Crystal Palace 13-5 earlier.


Netball season has got off to a great start. Y8 team beat Shirley 5-2 on Monday and the Y9 team beat Harris Crystal Palace 13-5 earlier.


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Inspiring whole staff email on the trials of challenge for all


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Our students taking part in the Harris in Harmony performance today at the ExCel centre. Well done.


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🏃 Players from the team at preparing for an away trip to Norwich tomorrow. Good luck! ⚽️


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Harris South Norwood invite you to their Sixth Form Open Evening: Wednesday 18 October 2017, 5.00 - 7.30 pm, at the Upper Campus SE19 3UG


Year 8 girls’ Netball team won 5-2 against Shirley High school last night


Mr Limb continues to share his teaching content in science


Focusing on language and vocabulary. What we say can hurt or can inspire


Y10s lost out to an excellent team. Couple of wonder tries by John-Kymani not enough in a 34-31 loss. Thanks for hosting us.


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Content of Course           


Studying English at GCSE develops and extends the work done at Key Stage 3, combining the skills needed to explore how writers achieve effects in novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction texts. Students study the texts in depth, exploring the effect of the writers’ choices of structure, form and language. They also develop their own craft as a writer by using what they have learned to develop their own writing, as well as honing their speaking and listening skills through presentations and drama work. In addition, students have to understand the influences of the historical and social contexts that texts are produced in and make direct links between an author’s life and their works.

Throughout the course, students will become expert communicators – in Standard English – both in writing and verbally through their independent and group work, and presentations. 



English Language and Literature

From 2017, GCSEs are comprised of exam only.  There is no longer a coursework element.

English Language: two exams (100%)

Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing – 40%

Paper 2: Non-fiction and Transactional Writing – 60%

  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar will form 20% of the overall mark for the GCSE.
  • Speaking & Listening will still be formally assessed but will not form part of the final GCSE grade: students will receive a certificate at Pass/Merit/Distinction.

English Literature: two exams (100%)

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the nineteenth-century novel – 40%

Texts: ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare and ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry – 60%

  • Texts: ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley; Power and Conflict (AQA Poetry Anthology); Unseen Poetry
  • All exams are ‘closed text’ (no texts studied will be allowed in the exam).
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar will form 5% of the overall mark for the GCSE.


Future Pathways:

Having an English GCSE shows employers you are confident, creative and able to express yourself fluently. These qualities are particularly well respected in the following fields: teaching, law, journalism, politics media and business. It also prepares you for any further study in the Performing Arts fields.