Students study the skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening. All students are entered for GCSE English language and GCSE English literature at the end of Year 11.


The teaching of English at Key Stage 3 is based on the National Curriculum Framework for English.

At Key Stage 3 we assume a thematic approach for our schemes: each half term students will study a range of texts from a range of periods and genres based around a specific theme. Examples of themes include: Our world, Gothic Horror, and Animation. As well as studying texts related to this theme, students will also create their own texts, often inspired by those we have studied in class.

Students also complete a wide range of speaking and listening activities, both as individuals and in groups.

Assessments are completed for every scheme of work and are tracked to identify areas of strength and areas for further development.

The overall goal of the English Department's KS3 programme is to prepare all pupils for an efficient transition to the study of English Language and English literature at GCSE.

Upper School (KS4/GCSE)

Key Stage 4 English is based on the National Curriculum Framework for English, who study a wide range of texts – poetry, prose and drama, fiction and non-fiction. Our course teaches both the English language and English literature components together.

Exam board/division of exam and coursework:

Cohort yr 11 2015: IGCSE Cambridge First Language English and Edexcel Certificate in English Literature.

Cohort yr 10 2015 onwards: Edexcel specifications for English language and English Literature.

Our schemes of work allow students to extend their knowledge of content for Literature along with the skills for English Language. Students also have to complete a range of speaking and listening activities throughout the two year course.

The current GCSE courses consist of the following units. All examinations are sat at the end of key stage 4.

Year 11 Cohort 2015:

English Language:

Paper 1 Core or Paper 2 Extended: Reading and Writing non-Fiction texts 40% of overall grade

Paper 3 Directive Writing: Writing two texts (one being narrative or descriptive). 40 % of the overall grade

Speaking and Listening presentation and discussion 20% of the overall grade

English Literature:

Paper 1 Prose and Drama: Two questions based on the texts studied 60% of the overall grade

Paper 2 Unseen text and Poetry: 2 questions based on a unseen text and a poetry anthology studied within the two year course. 40% of the overall grade

Year 10 Cohort 2015:

English Language:

Component one Fiction and Imaginative writing: Section A – Reading: questions on an unseen 19th-century fiction extract. Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract. 40% of the overall grade

Component two Non Fiction and Transactional Writing: Section A – Reading: questions on two thematically linked, unseen non-fiction extracts. Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts. 60% of overall grade

English Literature:

Component one Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature:
Section A – Shakespeare: a two-part question, with the first task focused on an extract of approximately 30 lines. The second task is focused on how a theme reflected in the extract is explored elsewhere in the play.
Section B – Post-1914 British play or novel: ONE essay question. 50% of the overall grade

Component two 19th-century Novel and Poetry since 1789:
Section A – 19th-century novel: a two part question, with the first part focussed on an extract of approximately 400 words. The second part is an essay question exploring the whole text.
Section B – Part 1: ONE question comparing a named poem from the Pearson Poetry Anthology collection to another poem from that collection. The named poem will be shown in the question paper. Part 2: ONE question comparing two unseen contemporary poems.