'What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.'  - Carl Sagan


The study of English Language and Literature is not merely to pass exams but to nurture in students the love of reading, writing and the spoken language. We want to give our students the opportunities to explore the best of our literary heritage whilst inspiring them to go on to become responsible young adults who will make a difference to the world they live in. 


In years 7 and 8, students focus on  developing skills  which they will consolidate in KS4. This will be done through their  study of novels, plays, poetry and non- fiction texts.  They will  also learn to write for different purposes and audiences  whilst  honing their understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar. The following are the texts currently being studied: 


Yr 7 Term 1 - Transition Tests, Caribbean Poetry

Term 2 - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Yr 8 Term 1 - Wonder (with some associated non-fiction)

Term 2 - War poetry


YR 7 Term 1 - Frankenstein/Dracula

Term 2 - The Highwayman, Romantic poetry and Sonnets 

Yr 8 Term 1 - Shakespeare The Tempest  

Term 2 - Graphic Novels 


Yr 7 Term 1 - Literary non-fiction:project based, students pick a literary non-fiction text (student friendly biographies). Students do a presentation and an essay

Term 2 - End of year exams and Roald Dahl short stories

Yr 8 Term 1 - Animal Farm or Kestrel for a Knave

Term 2 - End of year exams and Daphne De maurier short stories 


In years 9, 10 and 11, students prepare for their English Language and Literature GCSEs. They  are grouped according to ability in flexible sets which are reviewed regularly, allowing for students who make progress to be promoted.  Grades are reported at the end of each half term. Final GCSEs, which are single tiered, closed book and taken at the end of year 11.  


YR 9 Term 1 - Of Mice and Men

Term 2 - Poems from different cultures 

Yr 10 Term 1 - Literature: Macbeth, Language: Writing to describe and narrate 

Term 2 - Literature: Poems from AQA Anthology (non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts linked to the poems will also be studied). Language: Writing to describe and narrate. 

Yr 11 Term 1 - Literature: a Christmas Carol or a Sign of Four

Term 2 - Language Paper 1 and Paper 2, Mock Examinations and Poetry Examinations and Poetry Revision


Yr 9 Term 1 - Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

Term 2 - Literary non-fiction: Touching the Void/My Left Foot 

Yr 10 Term 1 - Literature: An Inspector Calls 

Term 2 - Language: Paper 1, Literature: Poetry 

Yr 11 Term 1 - Literature Mock 1 Examinations, Macbeth revision and Language revision 

Term 2 - Language Mock 2 examinations, Poetry and Language revision 


Yr 9 Term 1 - A View from the Bridge 

Term 2 - Exam preparation, Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories (Tell tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado)

Yr 10 Term 1 - Language Paper 2 and Literature Poetry 

Term 2 - End of year examinations, revisit Macbeth and Poetry 

Yr 11 Term 1 - Revision for Exams and Literature Mock 2 examinations 

Term 2 - GCSE Examinations 


Exam Skills will be offered to students in years 10 and 11 to  practise past papers in exam conditions. This will take place on:​ Mondays: Year 11 (4pm to 5pm) and Wednesdays: Year 10 (4pm to 5pm)

Students who need further help will be offered one to one tuition.   All KS3 intervention will take during lunch times or before lessons in the morning.  Parents will be informed in advance.

Homework is set once a week  ranging from research, comprehension or writing tasks. Homework is set on DPR.  Teachers will include useful websites and  documents  where appropriate.  Regular completion of homework allows for consolidation of topics learnt in lessons. It is important  that students do their homework to a good standard. 



Educational visits to theatres, museums and parks are important in taking lessons beyond the classroom to make the plays, stories, characters and settings come alive.  We hold the Jack Petchey Speakout training to develop  students’ public speaking skills and memorise poems for the Poetry By Heart competitions. Debate Mate  run after - school clubs to  develop students’ debating skills. Celebrations of National Poetry and Book Days   promote the importance and love of reading.


Reading is at the heart of everything we do in English.  We believe that good readers will become good writers.  Every student is encouraged to read either  through the  Accelerated Reading Programme or by borrowing  books from  the collections in their English classes.  Comic Club and Reading Clubs are offered to reluctant and enthusiastic readers. We encourage parents to include reading  as part of students’ daily routines. 


The study of English is not just for school: it is for life.  We want our students to leave school, confident that they can express who they are and become better individuals simply because they were inspired by the stories, the characters or the teacher who taught it to them. 


We want to make sure that  our students not only make excellent progress but are also supported during these very challenging times. The teachers in the English department are here to support you with any concerns you may have  regarding  students’ study of English and Literature.  Please  do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


Resources available soon.


Lina Dileepkumar - Curriculum Team Leader of English

Michael Twyman - Subject Coordinator of English

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Please keep an eye out for the latest news on English interventions, educational visits, events & workshops, together with news on various competitions our students will be involved in. 

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