Aims & Ethos

English is divided into KS3 (Years 7 and 8) and KS4 (Years 9,10 and 11) where GCSE courses are pursued.

In year 7, pupils are set in the Autumn term. Year 8 pupils are taught in sets.
KS3 English is divided into three strands:

  • EN1 – Speaking and listening skills
  • EN2 – Reading skills
  • EN3 – Writing skills

Lessons are planned to incorporate these three strands of the National Literacy Strategy.
Within each year we cover a variety of genres:

  • Non-fiction texts
  • Novel
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Media
  • Short Stories

Texts are reviewed regularly to keep in line with current trends.
These are studied within a planned period of 6/7 weeks culminating in an assessed piece which is given a level.


The English Department regularly organise London theatre trips, including Woman In Black for year 9, Billy Elliot for year 8, Blood Brothers for Year 10 and The Producers for Year 11.

Guided Group Reading

In years 7 and 8 one lesson per week is dedicated to a guided reading scheme where pupils are class taught and divided into smaller groups to read and study texts in a guided way with the teacher, the librarian and the Curriculum Development Assistant or Literacy Assistant.

AT KS4 pupils are taught two subjects, English and English Literature. All of the skills developed in KS3 are used and built upon in the GCSE courses. We follow the AQA syllabus for both English and Literature.

Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing are mapped out across the two year course with five pieces of coursework undertaken largely during year 10 and finally completed by Autumn of Year 11.