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English Literature and Language

Studying English allows students to explore a range of engaging texts, both modern and classic, originating from all over the world. Texts are chosen for their quality of storytelling but also their ability to engage students with social, cultural and spiritual concepts and debates. Across all key stages, the core texts are supplemented by a wide range of relevant fiction and non-fiction extracts to broaden and deepen the students’ cultural experience.

English at Key Stage 3

Covering writers from Shakespeare to the contemporary Malorie Blackman, students will become adept at understanding and producing fiction and non-fiction in a variety of formats. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal but also analytical response to texts, with teachers promoting problem-solving and critical thinking in addition to the core skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Our KS3 curriculum includes topics on:

  • Year 7: Novel study (Refugee Boy or The Boy at the Back of the Class); creative writing; drama (Frankenstein); poetry from around the world; non-fiction; and an exploration of Shakespeare.
  • Year 8: Novel study (The Hunger Games); creative writing; drama (Blood Brothers); literary heritage poetry; non-fiction; Shakespeare (The Tempest or A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Much Ado About Nothing).

English at Key Stage 4

Students study both English Literature and English Language. Year 9 is an opportunity to develop students’ ability in the key GCSE skills ahead of studying the GCSE texts themselves in Years 10 and 11. The current GCSE topics and texts are as follows:

English Literature

  • Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare (Macbeth) and modern texts (An Inspector Calls)
  • Literature Paper 2: 19th Century novel (A Christmas Carol) and anthology poetry

English Language

  • Language Paper 1: Fiction reading and writing
  • Language Paper 2: Non-Fiction reading and writing.

Key skills covered across Key Stages 3 and 4

  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Reading comprehension and analysis
  • Writing for different purposes
  • Presentation skills
  • Discussion and debate
  • Drama and role play
  • Exploration of social, cultural, political and spiritual issues across time
  • Teamwork
  • Literacy: spelling, punctuation and grammar

Department Members

  • Mr N Silverwell (Head of Department)
  • Ms G Wickings (2 ic)
  • Ms L Yost (Head of Sixth Form)             
  • Mr J Govinden (T&L Lead)
  • Ms S Stewart       
  • Miss A Suleman                 
  • Miss H Bennett  
  • Miss M Sayyid