WE want YOU to enjoy, grow personally and academically in English.  Explore language and literature through our shared cultures and the wider world we all live in.  Our teaching, and your learning, needs to be inspiring, accessible and varied.  We aspire to make every lesson, for every student, creative, engaging and challenging so you can enjoy your own personal growth and development through:

  • stimulation,
  • enhanced knowledge and awareness and
  • ultimately, increased self-esteem

In short: a life long love of language and literature!


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in English is designed to support both the transition from Key Stage 2 but most importantly teach key skills that students will need at GCSE and beyond. Our core focus will be students interpreting and analysing a wide range of texts, both modern and pre-19th century fiction and non-fiction; including: poetry, prose and drama. We aim to teach students how to write effective discursive essays as well as interesting and engaging creative responses that are appropriate for audience and purpose. 

At Key Stage 3 English, students will be given the opportunity to develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. These will be assessed throughout the year through regular half-termly class assessments.  Students will be set specific targets by their class teacher and will evaluate their work in order to understand how they can progress and improve.  

Alongside class and homework, students should also continue developing their skills in English by reading at home; whether it be a novel, poetry magazine or a newspaper.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA specification and all students will complete GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.  Students will develop the skills embedded at Key Stage 3, to ensure that they become adept at studying a range of fiction and non-fiction texts through reading, writing and speaking and listening modules.    Texts studied include ‘Macbeth’, the thought-provoking play ‘DNA’, a range of ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry (both post and pre-1900), the Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ and a range of both fiction and non-fiction extracts.  Set texts may vary from year to year however, to allow us to select those which best suit the learning needs of individual teaching groups.

At Key Stage 4 it is essential that students continue to develop skills in English by reading at home, whether it is a novel, magazine or newspaper.

All students will complete regular internal assessments, along with mock examinations.  Students will also be assessed through speaking and listening activities, classwork and homework.  They will receive regular feedback and individual targets on the work which they complete in class and at home.  Students and parents will be informed of the texts being studied at the beginning of each academic year.

Students are formally assessed at the end of Year 11.  They will complete two English Language exams and two English Literature exams.  In Year 11, they will also complete a Spoken Language assessment for which they will be awarded a separate qualification.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

A Levels offered:

AQA A English Literature: students will study a wide variety of literature based around the areas of “Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day” and “Love through the Ages”.  They will complete coursework and examination work throughout the two years, and have a range of different internal assessments to fully prepare them for their examinations in Year 13.

Coursework involves an analytical piece where students will compare a two texts on a theme of their choice. Students will study different forms of writing from each genre, including drama, poetry and prose.  Independent study is encouraged through wider reading and the use of scrapbooks to analyse specific excerpts.  A Grade B at GCSE English Literature is needed in order to succeed on this course.

AQA B (Year 13)/Edexel (Year 12) English Language: the course provides students with a natural progression from GCSE study of English Language.  Students will develop methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use; understand the roles of purposes, audiences and contexts and the impact of these pressures upon language production and reception; use linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources. 

Throughout the two years, modules will include: “Language and Identity”, “Language Diversity and Change” and “Child Language Development”.  As part of their coursework, students will complete a thorough investigation centred around a key language area of their choice. 

Independent study is encouraged through the use of scrapbooks to analyse specific extracts and sources. A Grade B at GCSE English Language is needed in order to succeed on this course. 


Department Staff

Mrs Kalyan (Curriculum Leader)
Miss Kirkham (Assistant Curriculum Leader in charge of Key Stage 4)
Mr Robinson
Ms Weller
Miss Balchin
Mr Culverhouse
Mrs Weinberg
Mr West

Excursions, Trips and other interesting projects

We offer various trips throughout the curriculum (where possible) to see relevant productions.  We also hold various enrichment opportunities, such as public speaking competitions and book groups. 

Homework and Assignments

Students will be set homework weekly in all subjects and these will be posted on the Show My Homework website.  For Key Stage 3 – homework should take at least 45 minutes; Key Stage 4 – one hour; Key Stage 5 – at least four hours.

We also recommend that students complete extra reading throughout all key stages.

Summer 2015 Examination Results


80% expected progress between KS2 and KS4    

72% A* - C in English Literature

63% A* - C in English Language      

A Level English Language:  

100% Pass, 93% A*-C, 50% A*-B

A Level English Literature:  

100% Pass, 71% A*-C, 14% A*-B

 Useful Websites and Resources


Useful Websites and Resources





A-Level Language



http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/mainguides/a-level_frameworks.htm - good for revising the frameworks/terminology etc.