Faculty Leader – English
Mrs R Pearce- [email protected]

The English Department aim to develop the whole child and to equip them with the language and communication skills which enable them to perform to the best of their ability in all subjects, not just English.

Our aims are:

  • To provide a safe and positive learning atmosphere which caters for all learning needs and to motivate students to reach their full potential.
  • To acknowledge the relevance of students’ own experiences and value their individual contributions.
  • To develop confident students who are effective communicators and reflective thinkers, equipping them with skills which allow a confident participation in adult and student life.
  • To develop a love of Literature, Language and Media which encourages exploration and understanding of the world and themselves.
  • In essence we want to open students’ eyes to the possibilities in the world around them and to equip them with the skills necessary to explore that world in full.

The details below give the area that your daughter will be covering: this includes many skills and areas. If you need any more detail, then please contact her class teacher.
Years 7 & 8

Year 7

Term 1: Shakespeare

Term 2: The World of Dickens

Term 3: Poetry

Term 4: The Modern Novel

Term 5: Travel Writing

Term 6: Greek Myths or Fables

Year 8

Term 1: Gothic Texts & Creative Writing

Term 2: Shakespeare Play

Term 3: A Modern Novel

Term 4: Poetry Study

Term 5: Play Scripts

Term 6: Chaucer or Greek Myths

Year 9

This is a transition year in which we consolidate and extend the skills required at GCSE.

Term 1: 19th Century Texts (Conan Doyle)

Term 2: War Poetry

Term 3: Descriptive Writing

Term 4: Analysing Structure

Term 5: Relationships in Shakespeare

Term 6: Study of a Shakespeare Play
Key Stage 4

At GCSE, students gain 2 GCSEs in English, AQA GCSE English Language and AQA English Literature, some may also choose Media Studies as one of their option choices. We begin preparing students for the GCSEs in Year 9 when students develop GCSE level skills across a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
GCSE Literature texts studied

Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth or Much Ado About Nothing

Nineteenth Century Novel – A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein or The Strange Case

of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

A modern play – An Inspector Calls or Lord of the Flies

Poetry – 15 poems from an anthology collated by AQA (Power and Conflict) alongside unseen poetry


A range of non-fiction texts from the 19th century to the present day are studied in preparation for the English Language exams.

Key Stage 5

Students will be preparing for exam and coursework which will be broken down into two distinct components by the teachers. We currently offer A Level English Literature, A level English Language and A Level Media Studies.

Target Setting

Students will be set clear next steps targets following each end of unit assessment. These targets are recorded in the front cover of students’ exercise books along with their end of year or GCSE target grade.