Our aim is to enable students to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening

and to facilitate and encourage an accurate and imaginative use of language. Through the exploration of a wide range of literary texts and the use of language in many contexts, we help students to master the essential tools of communication and to learn to think for themselves. 

The 12 English classrooms are all within newly built, state-of-the-art accommodation. All classrooms have use of the latest interactive technologies including Smartboards with built in audio-visual facilities.  Regular use is made of the library and ICT facilities. The Faculty's stock of texts reflects National Curriculum requirements, the GCSE syllabus for both Language and Literature and the college's Equal Opportunities policy. We aim to present acclaimed texts from the past in balance with the work of contemporary writers covering prose, poetry, drama, non-fiction and pre-1914 literature.

How learning is organised 
English is a core subject in the National Curriculum. In Year 7, it is taught in mixed ability groupings. In both X and Y bands there are 3 higher band classes and 2 lower band classes. The decision for class groupings is made using attainment data gathered at Key Stage 2. All Year 7 students have seven English lessons per fortnight. Students identified as below level 4 in English receive extra lessons from a specialist Teaching Assistant who is responsible for intervention and 1-2-1 provision for these students.  Students studying only one modern foreign language in Years 8 and 9 also have extra timetabled English lessons.  From Year 8 through to Year 11, students are set by ability. 

KS3 & KS4 Reading lists can be viewed here

Key Stage 3

In the English Faculty, we aim to provide a diverse curriculum at KS3 that will allow students to explore a wealth of English Literature whilst covering key writing skills and preparing students for the rigours of the GCSE curriculum when they enter year 10.
Each year, students will study a variety of topics, which will include: 2 whole-class novels, 19th century literature, poetry and Shakespeare, as well as sources drawn from non-fiction.

Please note:
• For each unit covered there will be 1-2 deep dive assessments for which students will receive “Good at” and “Work on” feedback.  These will cover the 2 main curriculum skills: reading and writing.
• Speaking and listening activities will be assessed informally throughout the year.
• Lessons for each unit will also work to improve students’ literacy skills, developing spelling, punctuation and grammar.
• Selection of class novels is left to the discretion of the class teacher.

Year 7
In Year 7 students will study the following units and texts:

Autumn Term: Explorations in Gothic literature and poetry: My Swordhand is Singing
Spring term: Victorian Literature and Childhood: Oliver Twist
Summer Term: An introduction to Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and other Shakespearean works

Each unit of work will also include some extracts from other fictions texts, poetry and literary non-fiction.

Year 8
In Year 8 students will study the following units and texts:

Autumn Term: Dystopian fiction: ‘The Hunger Games’ and other texts
Spring Term: Deception and villainy: Shakespeare’s Richard III and other texts
Summer term: Modern novel either The Graveyard Book or Private Peaceful

Each unit of work will also include some extracts from other fictions texts, poetry and literary non-fiction.

Year 9
In Year 9 students will study the following units and texts:

Autumn term: Love, Loss and Tragedy Romeo and Juliet + sonnets
Spring term: Nineteenth Century Fiction and ‘The Gothic’
Summer term: Literary heritage. The Modern Novel: Either To Kill a Mockingbird or Of Mice and Men

Each unit of work will also include some extracts from other fictions texts, poetry and literary non-fiction.

In light of the increased rigor of the new reformed GCSEs, the aim of these new units is to focus on preparing students for the key skills and question-types that they will encounter at GCSE.

Key Stage 4
Years  10 & 11

Students start developing the skills required for GCSE throughout the year 9 curriculum. Most students achieve two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature. The new GCSE specification which we began teaching in September 2015, is assessed through final examinations only, all examinations will be taken at the end of Year 11. Students will be assessed through analytical essays, reading comprehension, and writing for a range of different audiences and purposes.
For the English Literature GCSE, students will study a range of texts both contemporary and from the nineteenth century as well as a substantial poetry anthology.  Spoken Language is still assessed in the form one individual presentation but no longer contributes to the final English GCSE. However, it still remains a requirement and will be reported as a separate grade: Distinction, Merit or Pass.  More information about the courses and relevant specifications can be found on the website below:


Current syllabuses:  AQA English Language: 8700 and AQA  English Literature: 8702

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