Faculty Team

Mrs Sarah Forster, Faculty Leader
Mr Robert Brown, Second in Faculty
Mrs Louise Peacock, Second in Faculty
Miss Alicia Blackett, Teacher of Communications
Mrs Amanda Dunlop, Teacher of Communications
Miss Christine Ferry, Teacher of Communications
Miss Joanne Harker, Teacher of Communications
Miss Jessica Jackson, Teacher of Communications
Miss Chloe Lynn, Teacher of Communications
Miss Stephanie Murphy, Teacher of Communications
Miss Rachael Smith, Sharman House Leader/Teacher of Communications
Mrs Fiona Stobbs, Senior Teacher (Inclusion and Support: SENDCO)
Mr Adam Usher, Teacher of Communications/Head of GCSE Studies



Because English is so much more than words on a page…

Our vision in the Communications Faculty is for all students to enjoy and achieve; we aim to inspire young people, create imaginative minds and produce independent learners with lifelong learning skills.

The skills students acquire in Communications (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are transferable to every other subject and we endeavour to help raise standards across the curriculum.

In order to accomplish this, we enrich our students through the study of a wide range of texts, including: a range of novels; poetry; Shakespeare, media and non-fiction.  Through the study of texts, students learn about the world in which they live and are given the opportunity to sample others’ lives – allowing them to empathize and to explore other cultures and traditions.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9, learners follow a unit based learning program, in line with the National Curriculum, with the ultimate aim of creating learning experiences that engage and challenge our students to achieve their potential.

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 is varied and covers a range of topics including: Poetry; Shakespeare; the novel, travel writing study and a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts all under our skills based approach.

In the Communications Faculty, we pride ourselves on developing students’ ability to evaluate the writing of others and to develop reading skills.  They are also given opportunities to write in a range of styles and for a range of purposes.

In Key Stage 3, students complete tasks, which are designed to assess Reading, Writing or Speaking and Listening skills.  These assessments are used, alongside class work, to help inform the level students are awarded each term, and allow teachers and students alike to review their progress and set targets accordingly.

Key Stage 4

In years 10 and 11 our students will follow two GCSE courses: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

This is assessed with four terminal exams at the end of Year 11.

  • English Language Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (1h 45 mins) 50%
  • English Language Paper 2 Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (1h 45 mins) 50%
  • English Literature Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel (1h 45 mins) 40%
  • English Literature Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry (2h 15 mins) 60%

Topics delivered in Key Stage 4 are varied and include: Shakespeare; 19th Century novel, modern texts, Spoken Language; Power and Conflict Poetry from the Anthology; Creative Writing and various fiction texts and non-fiction as this features heavily in the language and literature exam.

The analytical and critical thinking skills acquired during Key Stage four prepare young people for Further Education and Employment.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Creative Writing Club Creative Writing Club is a fun, exciting and competitive group with over 30 members from years 7-9.  The aim of the group is to enrich, enthuse and excite our students whilst also develop their creativity and writing skills.

Many of the students have succeeded in getting their work published in a plethora of poetry and short story books which are all to be found in the Learning Hub.  This club is open to everyone and runs at lunchtimes in the Learning Hub.

Reading Group Reading group meets monthly to discuss a hot new text which students are given a period of time to read.

Quiz Club Quiz Club runs weekly in the Learning Hub with the aim of developing the general knowledge of our students, whilst pitting their wits against other groups… and the teachers, too!

CMP Programme – his offers enrichment opportunities to our most able and gifted students.

Additional Information

Literacy Across the Curriculum

At High Tunstall College of Science all staff are committed to developing the Literacy skills of every student.  Literacy skills enable access to learning in every subject area and raise both standards and attainment across the curriculum.

All teachers are teachers of literacy.  Every teacher will strive to ensure students are given the opportunities to develop and improve standards of literacy through a consistent and systematic approach across the curriculum.

High Tunstall College of Science adopts a whole college approach and gives a high profile to literacy.  All teachers contribute in the development of students’ literacy skills across all subjects.  High Tunstall College of Science will strive to facilitate the development of students’ abilities to use language effectively as readers, writers, speakers and listeners.

Click here to be directed to our downloads page where you can access leaflets on supporting your child with reading from Year 7 through to Year 11.

Useful Links

AQA Examination Board Website
Andrew Moore’s Resource Site
BBC Bitesize GCSE
BBC Bitesize Key Stage 3
Chickionary Educational Game
Study Guides
Suggested Reading List for all KS3 Students 

For further information on the curriculum we offer in Communications please contact Mrs Sarah Forster.