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 KS4?

At Key Stage 4, we follow the Edexcel GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature courses.

Formal preparation for GCSE begins in Year 9 (Foundation year) where we read all three Literature texts (Blood Brother, Macbeth and A Christmas Carol) in detail. The study of English at Key Stage 4 has three components: English Language, English Literature and Spoken Language.

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, for example, how religious attitudes have altered during Jacobean, Victorian and modern day society.

Moral issues are explored in rich classroom debate and discussion through the study of texts such as the Edexcel Relationships Poetry Anthology.

Social education is provided by studying the influence of social situations in the era of the text, whether through our war poetry unit, Willy Russell’s play ‘Blood Brothers’ or novels such as ‘A Christmas Carol.’

Cultural development enables students to appreciate and understand differences between societies and varying traditions, for example, through our Unseen Poetry unit and extracts taken from world literature.

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 9

Autumn Term a and b
A Christmas Carol (Lit 1)

 Reading of the full text

 Extract question (AO2) and theme question (AO1)
Spring Term a and b
Blood Brothers

 Reading of the full text

 Character question (AO1 and AO4) and theme question (AO1 and AO4)
Summer Term a and b


 Reading of the full text

 Extract question (AO2) and theme question (AO1)

Updated Feb 2019

Year 10

Autumn Term a
Edexcel Relationships Poetry Anthology (Lit 1)

 Studying all 15 poems and their comparisons

 Comparison essay (AO1-AO4)
Autumn Term b
Imaginative Writing (Lang 1)

 Study various forms of narratives

 Write a narrative or description (AO5-AO6)
Spring Term a
A Christmas Carol (Lit 2)

 Studying of key extracts and themes

 Extract question (AO2) and theme question (AO1)
Spring Term b
Transactional Writing (Lang 2)

 Letter/speech/article/guide/review/report (AO5 and AO6)
Summer Term a
Non-fiction Reading (Lang 2)

 Paper 2 Reading non-fiction extracts and comparing (AO1-AO4)
Summer Term b
Fiction Reading (Lang 1)

 Paper 1 Reading fiction extracts (AO1, AO2, AO4)

Year 11

Autumn Term a
Macbeth (Lit 1)

 Studying of key extracts and themes

 Extract question (AO2) and theme question (AO1)
Autumn Term b
Blood Brothers (Lit 1)

 Character question (AO1 and AO4) and theme question (AO1 and AO4)
Spring Term a
Unseen Poetry (Lit 2)

 Unseen Poetry Comparison (AO1-AO4)
Spring Term b
Walking Talking Mocks (Lang 1 and Lang 2)

 Revising and applying skills and exam strategy
Summer Term a
Walking Talking Mocks (Lit 1 and Lit 2)

 Revising and applying skills and exam strategy

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
Miss H Scott                                                                               Teacher of English
Mrs J Vernon-Tinsley                                                                 Teacher of English


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