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Who are we?

Head of Department – Vacancy

Second in Department – Mrs S Roberts

Teachers – Mrs J Bates, Mrs G Krahe, Ms J McNulty, Ms K Pattison, Miss J Tunnacliffe, Miss J Walsh 

What do we do?

At Key Stage 3, we have an exciting and innovative curriculum to help foster a love of literature and improve literacy skills.  Students study each topic for 10 weeks to enable them to gain a real depth of understanding of a specific area of literature.  For example, students in Year 7 study ‘Global Literature’ and will go on to study challenging texts in Year 9 such as can be found in ‘The Dystopian Fiction’ unit.  Students are assessed regularly in the areas of reading and writing and are encouraged to read for pleasure – they have fortnightly reading sessions in the LRC and use the Accelerated Reader programme.

At Key Stage 4, all students study English Language and English Literature – these will both be assessed as a 100% terminal exam. In total, there are 4 terminal examinations for both English Language and English Literature.

In English Language, students are expected to communicate accurately, fluently and produce writing of different genres.  Students will be able to identify the purpose of the text and the techniques used by the writer. Students are also expected to analyse and evaluate different types of texts focusing on language and structure. Students are assessed through sitting regular GCSE exam style questions and full GCSE examination papers.

In English Literature, students study, analyse and evaluate a variety of texts including novels, plays and a range of poetry. The set texts for English are as follows:

  • Pearson Edexcel Poetry Anthology
  • Macbeth
  • An Inspector Calls
  • A Christmas Carol


A day in the life…

We want every student to love English!

We are committed to providing every student with an imaginative, varied and inventive diet of lessons.  Our curriculum has been designed to engage and promote a genuine enthusiasm for literature and to foster a love of learning.

 A typical English lesson would have a clear focus and would include a range of engaging activities in order to help every student access the curriculum. Taking PRIDE in every piece of work, personalised learning and challenge are a key focus for staff and students. Students are encouraged to assess their own work and the work of other students. Staff use focused feedback to build confidence and clarify key ideas. Most importantly, staff encourage students to use their literacy skills to become confident and articulate young people both on paper and orally.

What career…?

English and excellent literacy skills are the building blocks to accessing all careers.  More specifically, qualifications in English Language and English Literature can be used in the following careers:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Law
  • Teaching

Further information


GCSE Pod is available on the school VLE