Key Stage 3

During Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow an interrelated English curriculum. Students study a wide range of reading material throughout the year, which are connected to the work carried out at all Key Stages. This including novels, (both contemporary and pre-twentieth century), poetry, short stories, media texts, scripts and non-fiction reading and writing. Students are expected to emulate the writing styles and techniques that they are exposed to in the reading material. They learn to write in a variety of diverse forms for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students are also required to develop their speaking skills by partaking in a range of ‘Speaking and Listening’ tasks and activities; these include individual extended discussion, role playing and debating.

Modular tests are carried out half-termly to help ensure progress. Results are used to monitor progress throughout the academic year.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (Year 9-11), students follow AQA Specification B. They study two GCSEs; one in English and one in English Literature. 

All learning that takes place at Key Stage 4 aim to develop learning acquired at Key Stage 3. This includes; essential ‘Speaking and Listening’, Reading and Writing skills.  Like Key Stage 3, the material that students will study, includes the study of fiction and non-fiction texts. Shakespeare, English Literary Heritage. These include drama, poetry and prose. Students will also learn how to write in a variety of fiction and non-fiction styles. Students will begin studying for their GCSE in Year 9; however, will be officially assessed throughout Year 10 and Year 11. Assessment is carried out by Modular examinations.  


Key Stage 5

The English faculty offers students the opportunity to study GCSE AQA English language, following Specification B. We also offer an A2 course in English Literature. This course helps to develop students understanding of more complex literary techniques and critical theories, which they must show that they can identify and apply to a range of texts.
(Further information can be found in our Sixth Form prospectus)

Teaching and Learning

All lessons are taught in an English classroom, which are well equipped with resources, including access to computer facilities.


Students work is assessed informally each lesson. Each half term students will complete a formal assessment task, ranging from role plays to written examinations, this data is an important part of helping the students to succeed. All students are aware of their current levels and will be informed of the necessary steps needed to make progress.


The demands of homework will increase from Years 7 to 13, according to the Academy home study policy. Completed home study (this may include notes, diagrams, reasearch, as well as finished products, such as narratives or textual analysis) will be encouraged to be submitted on Firefly.