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Course description 

English Language and Literature enables students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly. Our vision is for all students to be successful, whatever their starting point.  We strive to raise attainment in English, through reflection and thoughtful analysis of successes and failures. We hope to enable many of our students to go on to pursue a career which involves English. Furthermore, we aim to equip students with life-long skills, including the ability to express their opinions and feelings confidently and effectively. We hope to instil students with a love of reading, which will stay with them throughout their lives.

Key Stage 3 

Years 7, 8 & 9

English lessons build on the skills already established at Key Stage 2 and begin to develop the knowledge, skills and techniques they will require for GCSE.

Year 7

  •  Boy, Roald Dahl
  •  Shipwrecked
  •  Free, David Grant
  •  Relationships Poetry
  •  Gothic Literature
  •  War prose

Year 8

  • Holes, Louis Sacher
  • Dystopian Fiction
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare
  • Narrative poetry and ballads
  • Injustice

Year 9

  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  • Conflict poetry and pre-nineteenth century literature
  • Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare
  • Identity
  • James Bond and the language of comparison
  • An Inspector Calls, J.B. Priestley

Assessing Progress

Students are assessed at least every half term through a variety of tasks and an end of unit exam.

Key Stage 4 

Year 10 and 11

Students will study and prepare for the GCSE examinations to be sat at the end of year 11. 

GCSE Course Title:  English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE

Examination Board:  AQA


Language Paper 1 (fiction): 1 hour 45min

Language Paper 2 (non-fiction): 1 hour 45min

Literature Paper 1 (Shakespeare and A Christmas Carol): 1 hour 45 min

Literature Paper 2 (Poetry and An Inspector Calls): 2 hours 15 mins


English Language
Students will respond to unseen texts. They will analyse the writer’s use of language and structure and will compare writer’s ideas and perspectives. They will write effectively using a range of techniques for purpose and effect.

English Literature
Students will study the following texts:
An Inspector Calls, Priestley
Poetry – Power and Conflict
Romeo and Juliet/Macbeth
A Christmas Carol, Dickens

Assessing Progress

Tracking assessments will continue regularly throughout year 10 and 11 at least half termly and take the form of tests and practise examinations.  There will be a formal Mock examination period during Autumn 2 in year 11. 


There will be homework tasks assigned on Doddle that students will need to complete.  It is vital that these tasks are completed in the time frame to ensure the full learning experience is covered.  Homework completion is one of the criteria for qualifying for the termly Rewards Trip.


Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe.  This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.


All students are expected to bring a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber in order to be prepared for learning. 

Career Opportunities supported by English

Competent written communication is needed in a diverse range of careers. The ability to communicate effectively and to understand other perspectives is useful in all jobs. More specific careers that require a further qualification in English are:

  • Journalism
  • Television work
  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Writing
  • Owning a business
  • Acting
  • Childcare
  • Publishing