English is taught by a dedicated team of five experienced professionals. We work hard to provide lessons that engage, inspire and challenge so that students of all abilities enjoy English and make excellent progress.


Mr T Harrison

Mrs S Richardson

Miss O Stanyer

Mrs E Verow

Miss A Williams

Mr P Weston

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

To coincide with the significant changes made atKey Stage 4, schemes of work in Key Stage 3 have been completely rewritten to follow changes to the GCSE course structure. Each scheme of work is related to an extended text and theme, with texts chosen to challenge and stretch individuals. For example Animal Farm by George Orwell and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, both previous GCSE texts, are now taught in Key Stage 3.

In terms of assessment, each term students are assessed on reading and writing skills. Writing assessments change focus each term to ensure a variety of skills are being taught. In each reading assessment paper, an unseen section is also included to prepare students for the closed book nature of the new GCSE examinations.

Students have 4 lessons a week of English.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

AQA English Language and English Literature

Following the recent reform of theKey Stage 4 curriculum, students beginning their GCSE studies in 2015 will take GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature. The changes to the course structure are substantial. Exams have returned to a more traditional format and are LINEAR not modular. English Literature is now CLOSED BOOK and there is NO CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT.

In year 10, most of the Language will be taught through Literature and we will keep the study of most demanding texts on-going as students are required to have a detailed knowledge of the works and be able to quote.

Students have 5 lessons a week of English.

There is no opportunity to sit exams early.

English Language

In English Language, students will develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Students will also develop the ability to write clearly, coherently and accurately for a range of different audiences and purposes.

English Literature

The English literature course involves the study of novels, plays and poetry from a range of historical periods. Students are encouraged to develop their skills as perceptive and critical readers. Throughout the two-year course, students will study a 19th Century Novel, a collection of poetry from 1789 onwards, a Shakespeare play and a 20th Century fiction text.


EDUQAS English Language

This course offers students the opportunity to develop their English Language knowledge, interest and skills at AS level and beyond. It differs from English Literature in that it is not about the study of literary texts but rather about the study of language itself, both in the spoken and written form and in a variety of contexts and media. It opens up the everyday language of ordinary life to academic analysis and interpretation, and offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and expression in original writing.

This course will appeal to students who enjoyed their English GCSE courses, and who enjoy creative writing. It will suit those who enjoy analysing a variety of contemporary texts and forms, but are put off by the prospect of reading lengthy novels, plays and volumes of poetry. If potential students want to study English Language, Linguistics or Speech Therapy at university, an A Level in English Language would naturally be ideal preparation.

The exam will account for 80% of this A level where students will cover the following topics:

  • Spoken Language and language issues
  • Language over time and English in the Twenty-First Century
  • Creative and critical use of language

Non-exam assessment accounts for 20% of this A level. Students will be expected to conduct an independent investigation on a topic stipulated by the exam board. They will then hypothesise a theory in relation to language; gather data to support the investigation; interrogate the data and then reflect on their findings

We will now have 4 lessons a week of English Language.

There is no opportunity to sit exams early.


The English department encourages students to get involved with extra-curricular events and enrichment activities. The English department runs trips to watch live theatre performances and author talks, and we often welcome visiting poets and writers to the school.