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. The linked documents to the right will equip you with everything you need to know in order to support your child's learning in English:

  • Consult the Curriculum Maps to find out what you child is studying, at what time of year, in preparation for which assessment.
  • Challenge your child by questioning them on the contents of the Knowledge Organisers that accompany each unit of work.
  • Support your child in their reading (through Accelerated Reader); their literacy (by using our Literacy Organisers); and their homework (via our Homework Grids).

Key Stage Three

Our Key Stage Three Curriculum consists of 8 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. This document also details how each unit of learning is assessed and which aspects of spelling, punctuation and grammar are covered.

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 a separate endorsement at GCSE. It carries no weighting for the actual GCSE grade for English Language. Instead, students will receive a Pass, Merit or Distinction for their performance in a single presentation given to the class.

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 the majority of their reading will take place 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 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 (Macbeth) ; a nineteenth century novel (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens); a modern text (An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley) and a selection of poems related to the theme of Power and Conflict.

Assessment

All assessment is via terminal exam at the end of Yr 11.

Key Stage Five

We offer two A-Levels at Key Stage Five: English Literature and combined English Language and Literature.

English Literature

The AQA English Literature B specification affords students the opportunity to study texts within the genre of Tragedy, and Social and Political protest writing.

At present, students' drama study includes Othello by William Shakespeare and Death of a Salesmanby Arthur Miller; poetry study includes a collection of Keats' epic poems, and Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake; and prose study involves The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Assessment takes place at the end of Year 13 when students sit four exam papers, testing their study over the previous two years.

Students who love to read, debate, and consider the importance of the social and historical contexts of texts will find this course both fulfilling and challenging.

English Language and Literature

The AQA English Language and Literature specification is a  great choice for students who have enjoyed the creative writing element of the GCSE course, and are looking to extend their study of literary texts in a detailed, grammatical, and exciting way.

Students begin this course with an in-depth unit on Language Levels, which provides them with a toolkit for analysing texts in stylistic detail throughout their two-year course. Students then go on to study The Handmaid's Tale and the Fantasy genre; poetry by either Robert Browning, Seamus Heaney or Carol Ann Duffy; Othello as part of the tragic genre, and also as a text based on conflict; and a collection of mixed-media texts such as blogs, advertisements, autobiographies and many more, based on experiences of the city of Paris.

Assessment takes place at the end of Year 13 when students sit four exam papers, testing their study over the previous two years.

Students looking to study a wider range of texts than at GCSE, and who enjoy writing creatively, will find this course stimulating and rewarding.