English Curriculum Intent

The English Department aim to provide high-quality education in English, which teaches pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas. Pupils will develop and expand their perceptions: culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.  This is achieved through the chronology of the Canon of Literature taught throughout both Key Stages so that they develop a lifelong love of literature.   Through the cultural capital that literature affords, timeless themes are addressed and the writer’s intention discussed. 

The department promotes high standards of language use and develops resilience to write at length in order to write for a variety of purposes and audiences across a range of contexts. Pupil progress is based on secure knowledge and skills being embedded and a readiness to progress to the next stage.  This is why the curriculum is interwoven to ensure the ongoing testing and retesting of knowledge and skills to aide long-term memory and mastery of the curriculum as a whole. 

The subject underpins all that the school does as it has the capacity to unlock doors in so many different ways.  The department’s rigour is based on Jesus Christ and the fulfilment our subject brings to each pupil, creating a passion for English and a well-rounded individual who goes out into the world to become all that God has prepared for them.


Curriculum Overview

The curriculum overview for English

The curriculum overview above is a clickable guide to the detailed learning plan for the subject. 
Click anywhere on the overview to show the learning plan for that year group.



English is taught in the school by a team of committed subject specialists, who work closely together. We aim to develop each pupil's range of language skills to the full and to foster a love of reading literature.

The subject is taught in groups of pupils of similar abilities. We feel that this system offers the most able pupils the chance to progress rapidly, while allowing us to offer additional support to pupils who require it. All pupils, whatever their abilities, are encouraged to discuss their work with their teachers. Individual advice and guidance are given freely both in and out of class.

The progress of all pupils is carefully and regularly monitored, and movement between sets occurs at regular and appropriate intervals.

The English Department sets high standards for all pupils and we encourage our students to be ambitious. We take great pride in the significant progress we see from year to year.  Further to this, we offer a range of extra curricula activities to support pupils’ learning.


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the pupils' work involves central skills in: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. These skills are developed through a programme of work which is centred on the study of literary texts, non-literary texts and media.  Pupils are assessed every half term on either reading or writing.  These assessments are kept in school in the pupil’s assessment folder to demonstrate their progress over the key stage.  Further to this, pupils self and peer assess their work to make it clear where their next steps are. Speaking and listening is assessed every half term.
English homework may involve a range of tasks: reading, analysing, researching, planning, learning spelling, checking or illustrating writing and, of course, composition and comprehension. We place great emphasis on the prompt and thoughtful completion of homework tasks as it is integral to the development of a pupil's progress in English.


Key Stage 4 GCSE English Language and Literature

All pupils in year 10 and 11 follow the Eduqas GCSE course in English (Language) and AQA GCSE course in English Literature.

In English Language, pupils will follow a demanding course learning how to read unseen 19, 29 and 21st Century literary and non-literary texts.  They will also develop a wide range of writing skills to produce creative and transactional pieces of work. Furthermore, pupils will sit two exam papers, the first lasting one hour forty-five minutes and the second lasting two hours.  These papers are no longer tiered; therefore all pupils sit the same paper.  Finally, pupils will develop their formal speaking and listening in delivering a formal presentation.  This part of the course does not form part of the overall GCSE grade. 

In English Literature, will read and study a range of demanding literature ranging from Shakespeare, 19th Century whole novel, a modern novel or play, a poetry anthology and unseen modern poetry comparison.  Like the language, this course is final examination and only has one tier.  . Furthermore, pupils will sit two exam papers, the first lasting one hour forty-five minutes and the second lasting two hours and fifteen minutes.


Additional Information and Links

English Department KS4 Long term plan

English Department KS3 Booklists

English Department KS4 Set Texts

English Year 7 Homework Spelling List

English Year 8 Homework Spelling List

English Year 9 Homework Spelling List

English Year 10 Homework Spelling List


The English Team

Mr J. Hartley (Curriculum Leader)

Mrs M. Arcangelo (Learning Centre Manager)

Mrs M. Bainbridge

Mrs V. Holmes

Miss A. Hood

Mrs L. Mirfield

Miss S. Moorehead (Assistant Curriculum Leader)

Mrs H. Nolan (Assistant Headteacher)

Mr P. Park

Mrs A. Pointon

Ms K. Rishton (Assistant Curriculum Leader)

Mrs S. Woodruff (Whole School Literacy)


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