The study of English is essential, not only in terms of helping individuals make sense of who they are, but also in learning how to communicate successfully with the world. English Literature teaches a great deal about life, history and society and fosters tolerance and understanding, which is a vital part of a balanced education. Reading, spoken language and writing are the cornerstones of success and we aim to equip our pupils with the skills to read critically, confidently and for pleasure; to be articulate in their spoken language; and to write effectively with style and accuracy for a wide range of purposes and audiences.
Curriculum Overview – English Language
Year 7 Year 8
  • Autobiographical Writing
  • Skellig/Modern Prose
  • Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales/Shakespeare
  • The Demon Headmaster/ Modern Prose
  • Poetry (Unseen)
  • Travel Writing
  • Holes/Modern Prose
  • Poetry and Modern Prose
  • Short Stories/Sherlock Holmes
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Reading and writing for different purposes
  • Carrie’s War
  • Compare and contrast 19th century, 20th century and 21st century non-fiction
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views in relation to texts written between 1800-1900 and after 1900
  • Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts
  • Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references
  • Write to describe and narrate
  • Write to present a point of view (argue / persuade)
Curriculum Overview – English Literature
Year 7 Year 8
  • Myths, Legends and Fairytales/King Arthur
  • Shakespeare
  • Introduction to 19th Century Novel (Great Expectations, Chapter 8)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • The Novel – Of Mice and Men
  • Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet
  • Introduction to 19th century novel – Frankenstein
  • Prose or drama written after 1900
  • A Shakespeare play – Macbeth
  • An 19th century novel
  • Poetry written before and after 1900
  • Unseen Poetry
  • Prose or drama written after 1900
  • Poetry written before and after 1900
  • Unseen Poetry
  • Revision

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specifications: AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.