KS3 (Years 7 and 8)

Year 7
English is introduced to students through the study of a unit of work on Childhood Poetry, a whole class novel (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), focussed extracts of 19th Century Literature (Oliver Twist) and an introduction to Shakespeare which covers numerous plays and poems. All classes visit the school library on a weekly basis and follow the Accelerated Reader programme, which is monitored within English.

Year 8
Year 8 builds on the Year 7 curriculum by furthering study of key text types, including Much Ado About Nothing, Stone Cold, War Poetry and Gothic literature, aiming to prepare pupils by equipping them for KS4 effectively.

KS4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

Year 9
Year 9 is a bridging year between KS3 and the beginning of GCSE study. Students study a range of texts in preparation for their Literature and Language GCSE examinations in Year 11. They are guided in the demands of the GCSE and are given the opportunity to build and develop their skills through the study of a variety of engaging and appropriate texts, including: Of Mice and Men, Nature Poetry, Billy Elliot and Romeo and Juliet.

Year 10
In Year 10, students begin to cover the set texts for their GCSE Literature. Literature study requires students to develop an opinion and be able to articulate their thoughts effectively. Students need to develop their skills of analysis and incorporate subject terminology and/or relevant context in their extended writing. Edexcel English Literature is followed, which is 100% examination, whilst OCR English Language is used for the Language component.

Year 11
In Year 11, students further develop their skills of analysis by exploring the remainder of the set GCSE texts and complete a Speaking and Listening assessment. The Language curriculum requires pupils to read fiction and non-fiction texts, including those from the 19th century. Students also need to demonstrate an ability to write in varying styles and for different purposes. At the end of Year 11, students will complete all examinations for GCSE English Literature and English Language.