Head of English: Miss D Bahbra, BA (Hons) Surrey, MSc Leicester


English Teacher: Mrs A Chick, BA (Hons) Hull
English Teacher: Mrs K Clutterbuck, BA (Hons) Royal Holloway
English Teacher: Mrs H Duxbury, MA Cambridge
English Teacher: Miss A Paul, BA (Hons) Manchester



English at KS3 works as a bridge between the Literacy skills and knowledge developed in Primary schools and the Literature and Language knowledge necessary for GCSE study. Students follow the National Curriculum, but they are also given the opportunity to study skills in additional areas such as Media.

We aim to make learning fun at KS3 so that students develop a passion for Literature and a genuine enjoyment of writing. Students not only participate in lessons, but they are also given the opportunity to co-construct their own learning through giving guided presentations or leading group work. We consider ICT to be an important part of learning in today’s world, so although they may be studying classic Literature, students also use ICT in every module!


English Literature

All pupils will study English Literature. This course allows you to experience a range of Literature drawn from contemporary and modern texts, texts from across the globe and texts which have had a significant influence on our English literary and cultural heritage. You will be given the chance to study a modern text, i.e. post-1945, from which point a discernible shift in culture is evident.  You will also learn to recognise that Literature has the power to cross cultures. The course takes a skills-based approach to the study of Literature, which will enable you to make original and individual responses to each element of assessment.

Course Content

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century Novel

You will study one Shakespeare text and one 19th-century novel. There will be one exam question on each.

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry

You will study one modern text and a section of poetry from an anthology. You will answer one exam question on the text, one exam question comparing two poems and one additional exam question on an unseen poem. Find out more at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

There are two written exams, one lasts one hour and 45 minutes and the other two hours and 15 minutes. The course is now 100% exam.

English Language
All pupils will study English Language. This course allows you to demonstrate your ability in functional English, to investigate and analyse language and to experiment and use language creatively. It offers a skills-based approach, which will enable you to make original and individual responses to each element of assessment. You will be given the opportunity to explore the way language works and to understand and appreciate the way writers and speakers adapt their language to suit their audience and purpose.

Course Content
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

You will read and understand a range of fiction texts, identifying the writers’ crafts and transferring these skills into your own writing.
Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
You will explore a range of non-fiction texts, identifying the techniques and strategies used in the development of the writing. You will be required to write your own work according to the requirements of a number of different specific genres.
Find out more at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700


There are two different written exam papers, each lasting one hour and 45 minutes. Each paper will contain a reading and a writing section. You will also carry out a formal presentation which will be filmed and assessed. Within this task, you will be required to demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting; listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including questions and feedback on presentations; and use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations. NB. Whilst this component is now non-exam, it is compulsory and will carry a level on GCSE certificates.


Studying English Literature is both fun and useful. You will have the opportunity to read and discuss some of the most famous and exciting books ever written as well as learning how to appreciate the craft of the writers who produced them. Wherever possible we make sure that all drama texts studied are experienced as live theatre.

Course Content
Paper 1: Love Through the Ages
Unit 1 – Love Through the ages: Shakespeare and Poetry ‘Othello’, ‘Taming of the Shrew’, or ‘Measure for Measure’ An anthrology of love poetry from across the ages
Unit 2 – Love Through the Ages: Prose ‘Persuasion’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Atonement’, ‘Rebecca’, ‘A Room with a View’, or ‘The Go-Between’.

Paper 2: ‘Text in Shared Context’
Unit 3 – Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to present day. Three texts from this list:
‘Skirrid Hill’ (Owen Sheers), ‘Birthday Letters’ (Ted Hughes), ‘Ariel’ (Sylvia Plath), ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’/’A Streetcare Named Desire’ (Tennessee Williams), ‘Oranges are Not the Only Fruit’ (Jeanette Winterson), ‘The Help’ (Kathryn Stockett), ‘The God of Small Things’ (Arundhati Roy), ‘Waterland’ (Graham Swift), ‘The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
Unit 4 – Independent Critical Study: Students write an essay comparing two texts from their own choice. These should reflect an area of personal interest.


English ACE Pupil Programme (Aspirational, Creative and Engaged)