The study of English is essential, not only in terms of helping individuals make sense of who they are, but also in terms of 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
Year 7 Year 8
  • 19th Century Short Story: structuring analysis and describing an event
  • Parent-Child Relationship Poetry: writing analytical paragraphs and writing a story
  • 21st Century Novel: exploring the characterisation of strong females and writing a story focusing on a moment
  • Revision
  • Non-Fiction: environment. Writing for a viewpoint
  • 20th Century Novel: exploring the characterisation of strong females and describing a natural scene
  • 19th Century Short Story: analysing word choice in detail and writing a story
  • Identity Poetry: developing analytical writing and persuasive writing
  • Revision
  • Non-Fiction: persuasive writing
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Power and Conflict Poetry: making connections within poetry to develop analytical writing and describing a tense scene
  • 20th Century Drama: exploring characterisation in drama and writing an essay
  • Revision
  • Spoken Language – formal, individual presentation
  • Fiction Study: transferring analytical skills to unseen texts and narrative writing
  • 19th Century Novel: thematic and characterisation study through language
  • Power and Conflict Poetry: thematic study of power and writing literary essays
  • Shakespeare: understanding the plot
  • Shakespeare: thematic and characterisation study through language
  • Non-Fiction Study: making connections and comparisons across unseen texts and writing about a viewpoint
  • Literature revision
  • Language 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.