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The English Department is a successful and forward thinking department which is characterised by a strong sense of collaboration and enthusiasm for our subject and our pupils. The English department strives to foster within pupils a love of language and literature. We aim to develop pupils' ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of contexts; to enable students to use accurate Standard English and develop an interest in the richness of the English language in its various forms. We encourage pupils to develop an interest in extending the range of their own language in terms of style, vocabulary, structure and form, providing them with the tools to become engaging and imaginative writers. We endeavour to give pupils the opportunity to read texts by contemporary authors and also those celebrated within our literary heritage. We provide a curriculum which offers a rich and diverse range of learning experiences which enable all pupils to enjoy and achieve.

Key Stage 3 Summary

The course followed by all students in years 7 and 8 is one which has been carefully developed in order to ensure pupils are engaged, interested and realising their potential. Students across these two year groups will read a variety of texts which include: biography, autobiography, newspaper reports, travel writing, reviews, along with works of fiction by classical and contemporary authors. They will also learn how to adapt their writing for different audiences and purposes and gain fulfilment and enjoyment as they develop these skills. Speaking and listening is an integral part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum and within our programme of study there are many opportunities for pupils to engage in activities that will help them to become confident and effective communicators.

In year 9 pupils begin GCSE courses in English Literature. Pupils will be following the AQA specification for certification in 2017.

Curriculum Overview KS3

Year 7 Programme of Study 2017/2018
Year 8 Programme of Study 2017/2018
Year 9 Programme of Study 2017/2018


Key Stage 4 Summary

Pupils will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts which will further develop the skills they have acquired during their Key Stage 3 programme of study. The Key Stage 4 programme of study aims to enhance pupils' understanding of English/Literature and give them a depth of knowledge that will help them to engage with the course content and meet the challenges of the examination and controlled assessment tasks.


Both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature are assessed through100% examination.

There are two examinations for GCSE English Language and two examinations for GCSE English Literature. All examinations are 'closed book' and pupils will be awarded grades 1-9.

GCSE English Language (AQA)

Paper 1: - Explorations in creative reading and writing (50% of marks)

Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives (50% of marks)

Spoken Language : - A formal presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback (Achievement in this component will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.)

GCSE English Literature(AQA)

Component 1: - A Shakespeare play: 'Macbeth' (20% of marks)

- A 19th century novel: 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens (20% of marks)

Component 2: - Modern texts: AQA short story anthology (20% of marks)

- Romantic Poetry: AQA anthology (20% of marks)

- Unseen poetry (20% of marks)

Curriculum Overview KS4

Year 10 Programme of Study 2017/2018
Year 11 Programme of Study 2017/2018


Mrs J Cadman  Head of English
Mrs K Morgan Teaching and Learning at Key Stage 4
Mrs K ConneelyTeaching and Learning at Key Stage 3
Miss H ParisellaLiteracy Co-ordinator
Mrs J Curry English Teacher
Mrs Z Pymer English Teacher
Mrs S McWilliams English Teacher
Mrs L Wright English Teacher