English


The English department strives to promote literary passion and excellence in English. We aim for students to become independent learners, critical thinkers and make outstanding progress. All pupils are challenged to engage with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, in a purposeful and meaningful manner.

What is studied at KS3?

At Key Stage 3, we prepare students to follow the Edexcel GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature courses. All units of work are written in order to perfect the skills required at GCSE level. GCSE assessment criteria are used to mark and inform work in lower school for English.

In Year 7, we cover Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, studying context, plot and characterisation. Students are also prepared to write about analysis of language, structure, and to develop discussion of themes, in preparation for their Paper 2 English Literature GCSE. 

Reading skills are embedded through analysis and critical evaluation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, Private Peaceful, to practise the skills necessary for their Component one English Language GCSE. The course in Year 7 allows students to study a collection of poetry and to develop their transactional writing skills, again, key components of their GCSE.

In Year 8, students begin by working on Dystopian extracts from a range of fiction as preparation for their English Language, component one, GCSE. This is followed by comparison of a collection of poetry from other cultures, to embed the skills necessary for Component 2 of the English Literature GCSE. A range of non-fiction texts are then used to teach students how to find and retrieve information, and how to approach analysis, evaluation and comparison for Paper 2, English Language GCSE. Year 8 ends with imaginative and transactional writing, both key components of the English Language GCSE course.

Spiritual education in English is carried out through the exploration of poetry, plays and prose by studying the transition of religious beliefs in England and other cultures throughout history. Examples include, how religious attitudes have altered during the Elizabethan era, war-time 1914, and modern day society.

Moral issues are explored in rich classroom debate and discussion through the study of texts such as an Edexcel-style Other Cultures Poetry Anthology.

Social education is provided by studying the influence of social situations in the era of the texts, whether through our other cultures poetry unit, Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ or Michael Morpurgo’s novel, ‘Private Peaceful.’

Cultural development enables students to explore the changes and differences between societies, cultures and varying traditions over time, for example, through our Poetry Anthology unit and extracts taken from world fiction.

Updated Feb 2019.

Assessment Without Levels

The following document highlights the skills required to meet each grade using our new Assessment Without Levels system.

English - Assessment Without Levels

Curriculum Content and Skills

Year/Term



Year 7

Autumn Term a
Romeo and Juliet (Lit 1)
 Extract question (AO2) and theme question (AO1)

Autumn Term b
Transactional Writing (Lang 2)
 Letter/speech/article/guide/review/report (AO5 and AO6)

Spring Term a
Private Peaceful (Lit 2)
 Extract question (AO2)

Spring Term b
Unseen Poetry (Lit 2)
 Unseen Poetry Comparison (AO1 and AO3)

Summer Term a
Fiction reading (Lang 1)
 Paper 1 Reading (AO1, AO2, AO4)

Summer Term b
Imaginative Writing (Lang 1)
 Narrative or description (AO5 and AO6)

Updated Feb 2019



Year 8 


Autumn Term a
Dystopian Literature (Lang 1)
 Paper 1 Reading (AO1-AO4)

Autumn Term b
Poetry From Other Cultures (Lit 2)
 Poetry Comparison (AO1-AO4)

Spring Term a
Non-fiction reading (Lang 2)
 Paper 2 Reading (AO1-AO4)

Spring Term b
Transactional Writing (Lang 2)
 Letter/speech/article/guide/review/report (AO5 and AO6)

Summer Term a
Faces of War Poetry (Lit 1)
 Unseen Poetry Comparison (AO1-AO4)

Summer Term b
Imaginative Writing (Lang 1)
 Narrative or description (AO5 and AO6)

Updated Feb 2019


English Staff

Miss E. Southern Head of Department
Mrs C. Williams Second in Department
Miss K. Brown Teacher of English
Miss K. Lane Deputy Headteacher / Teacher of English
Miss C. Lloyd Teacher of English
Miss K Norman Teacher of English
Mrs J. Vernon-Tinsley Teacher of English
Miss H. Scott Teacher of English



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