• Thursday, 06 February - Year 9 options evening - 6.00 pm.
  • Thursday, 13 February - Y8 subject evening - 6.00 pm.
  • Friday, 21 February - Inset day − school closed to students.

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Course Overview


Students have the chance to study:

KS3: Compulsory English

KS4: GCSE English Language and English Literature

KS5: A Level English Literature & Media

English Overview

English forms the basis of both written and verbal communication, essential skills for success in all school subjects and future careers. Success in English opens the doors to studying a wide range of subjects at A Level and University. A pass, at Grade C, in GCSE English Language is essential for most Higher Education courses and employment.

English aims to provide all students with a solid understanding of written and verbal communication. We aim to develop our students ability to read and understand a wide range of multi-media texts; to become skilled writers and to communicate effectively in real-world situations,

KS3: Across the three years students study a range of poetry, classic and contemporary plays and novels, creative writing, Shakespeare, speaking and listening and writing for the real world.

KS4: You will study two GCSE courses

  • English Language
  • English Literature

English Language will give you the opportunity to explore the writers’ craft and viewpoints through the study of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts and develop your own creative writing skills.

English Literature will develop your enjoyment of a wide range of literary texts from Shakespeare to contemporary novels and plays; alongside classic novels and poetry through the ages

What qualification will the course lead to?  A GCSE in English Language and a GCSE in English Literature from the AQA examination board.

How will you be assessed? 
Both GCSE courses are 100% terminal examination sat in the summer term of Year 11.

KS5: During their first year of study students will explore a number of texts around the theme of ‘The Struggle for Identity.’ In their second year of study students will study a wide range of texts that chart ‘Love Through the Ages’ including poetry by Chaucer, plays by Shakespeare and contemporary novels. Students can study A Level English Literature (AQA board).

The department is a language-rich environment where students are encouraged to use language and communicate through reading, writing and speaking and listening. This is supported through creative and engaging lessons, the integration of ICT and our participation in events such as ‘The Kids Lit Quiz’, the ‘BEAM’ project and ‘WORDSHOUT.’ Students at all Key Stages have the opportunity to watch live theatre productions. Recent visits have been to see ‘Of Mice & Men’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Nora’, ‘Top Girls’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Students at Key Stage 5 are given the opportunity to participate in University style seminars on topics related to their studies.