All students will study English and English Literature during their time at Chipping Norton School. We aim for all students to have a stimulating experience that results in success: our curriculum is both challenging and enjoyable, engaging students in the study of classics from the literary canon whilst equipping them with the skills necessary for success in life.

    Key Stage Three

    Our Key Stage Three Curriculum consists of 9 Units taught across three years. Each Unit is taught across a single term and the content is split between the Core Text and the Secondary Texts. Unit titles can be found in our Key Stage Three Curriculum Map, along with links to Knowledge Organisers (outlining content, key vocabulary and key concepts) and Unit Cover Sheets (explaining the rationale of each unit and minimum expectations of student skills and knowledge). To view our KS3 Curriculum Map please click here.

    Key Stage Four

    GCSE English Language

    GCSE English Language focuses on three main skills:

    • Speaking and listening
    • Reading
    • Writing

    Students will improve their speaking and listening skills in a range of situations. They will be assessed on presenting skills, their use of Standard English and the ability to respond to questions and feedback. These will be assessed in a range of ways including class and group discussions, drama-based activities and individual speeches. Speaking and Listening is now a separate endorsement at GCSE and carries no weighting for the actual GCSE grade.

    Students’ reading will include a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and literary non-fiction. Some of their reading will be together in class but they will also be expected to read independently. As well as reading fiction texts, they will practise close reading and will respond to non-fiction by analysing, for example, newspapers or leaflets.

    Writing is an important skill in GCSE English Language and is assessed in all component parts of both GCSEs. Students will write for a number of different audiences and in a variety of styles as preparation for the exams. Students will be required to write creatively, persuasively and in the style of a broadsheet newspaper.

    GCSE English Literature

    GCSE English Literature focuses on five main skills:

    • Responding to texts critically and imaginatively.
    • Analysing language, structure and form.
    • Making comparisons between texts.
    • Exploring the historical and social influences on texts.
    • The quality of your written communication.

    Students will learn skills that will help them to respond to texts with imagination. They will learn how to select and evaluate quotations that will support their own (and other) interpretations. To do this their technical vocabulary will expand and they will become confident in explaining how language, structure and form help a writer present his/her ideas, themes, settings and characters.

    They will also focus upon the skill of comparison and learn ways in which to make and explain the links between texts. Each text that they study will be placed in its original historical, cultural and social context. This will allow them to explore how different readers may respond to texts differently over time.

    The quality of their writing is also assessed. Your child will need to ensure that their writing can be read, that it is well organised, and that their spelling, punctuation and grammar are accurate.

    The texts that your child will study include: a Shakespearean play (e.g. ‘Macbeth’ or ‘Romeo and Juliet’); a nineteenth century novel (e.g. ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson or ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens); a modern text (e.g. ‘An Inspector Calls’ by JB Priestley or ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly) and a selection of poems related to the theme of Power and Conflict.


    All assessment is via terminal exam at the end of Yr 11. For a detailed breakdown of the components of each exam, please click here.

    Key Stage Five

    We offer two A-Levels at Key Stage Five: English Literature and combined English Language and Literature. For more information about English Literature at A-Level, please click here. For more information about English Language and Literature at A-Level, please click here.



    Mr D Gent (Head of English): dgent@chipping-norton.oxon.sch.uk