Welcome to the English department


The English department is committed and dedicated to helping students independently develop their skills.


English is a key skill permeating all areas of the curriculum. Strong English skills are vital to ensure progress and success across other subjects. We recognise the importance of this and are well placed to support students of all abilities. Classes are taught in mixed ability groups. Our Curriculum Leader for English, Student Support Team, Literacy Co-ordinator and Learning Centre Manager work together to ensure students have the support and resources they need to succeed.

Students are continually assessed during KS3 on their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. They are regularly given feedback on how to develop and strengthen their skills.

What will I study in KS3?  (Year 7 & 8 –   Year 9 students begin KS4 studies)

Year 7

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Introduction to Shakespeare The Island – writing triplets project Author study Dickens Creating own play – students study scrip writing skills then produce a scene Poetry – introduction to types of poems – students study and create their own anthology

Year 8

Private Peaceful Poetry – anthology based on the theme of war Titanic – film – media 19th Century author study – creative writing scheme use 19th C gothic text extracts The Tempest A nonfiction project

Students will have their feet stuck in cold, slimy mud as bullets and bombs whiz past whilst they act out the poem Dulce et Decorum Est, after which they will empathise with the character Tommo Peaceful as he struggles to stay positive on the front line in World War l. Coming back to reality, students will learn how to be a marvellous moaner – creating letters, emails and articles of complaint.

What will I study at KS4?  (Year 9, 10 & 11 – GCSE)

Students will study iGCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

What careers might this lead to?

English skills are vital to the majority of careers. Students who excel in English may consider careers in journalism, teaching, law, drama, media, marketing and communications.

Useful websites

(log on codes available from your English teacher)



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