The study of English is essential, not only in terms of helping individuals make sense of who they are, but also in learning how to communicate successfully with the world. English Literature teaches a great deal about life, history and society and fosters tolerance and understanding, which is a vital part of a balanced education. Reading, spoken language and writing are the cornerstones of success and we aim to equip our pupils with the skills to read critically, confidently and for pleasure; to be articulate in their spoken language; and to write effectively with style and accuracy for a wide range of purposes and audiences.

Our curriculum prides itself on exposure to a wide variety of literature from a variety of time periods that also exposes students with an opportunity to broaden their vocabulary and build confidence in supporting students to use new vocabulary to be able to articulate fluently, complex ideas and views in both their speech and academic writing in English and across the curriculum.

Curriculum Overview


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Key Texts and Content:

  • Gothic Genre anthology.
  • The Art of the Rhetoric analysing non fiction and developing transactional writing skills.
  • Poetry of War Anthology introducing the skills of compare and contrast.
  • Shakespeare Text: A Mid Summer Night’s Dream / Tempest
  • Current Debates and Hot Topics.
  • Creative writing – powerful expositions and first person peripheral narrators.
  • Speaking and listening – role play / presentations.

Key Texts and Content:

  • Detective genre anthology from different time periods.
  • Comparing and contrasting non fictions texts around the theme of social injustices.
  • Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
  • Poem anthology from other cultures and traditions.
  • Dystopian Literature – Hunger Games.
  • Modern Play – Our Day Out.
  • Transactional writing – articles and reviews.
  • Creative writing – expositions and advanced structures.
  • Speaking and listening role play / group debates.

Key Texts and Content:

  • Modern Prose Text – Of Mice and Men.
  • Modern Play – Blood Brothers / A View from the Bridge / The Crucible.
  • 19th Century Text – Great Expectations.
  • Short Stories Fiction Anthology Comparing and Contrasting Non- Fiction Texts from different time periods.
  • Transactional Writing Skills – reviews, reports and letters.

GCSE Bridging Units:

  • Shakespeare Text: Romeo and Juliet.
  • Power and Conflict Anthology.
  • Independent Presentation to peers.
  • Creative Writing Skills Development.



Year 10 Year 11


  • Fiction Study: transferring analytical skills to unseen texts.
  • Descriptive and narrative writing.
  • Non-Fiction Study: making connections and comparisons across unseen texts.
  • Transactional Writing.


  • 19th Century Novel: A Christmas Carol – thematic and characterisation study.
  • Modern Text: An Inspector Calls.
  • Power and Conflict Poetry: thematic study of power and writing literary essays.
  • Shakespeare: Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet understanding characterisation and writer’s craft.

Year 11 will build upon the skills embedded in Year 10 with an increased focus on:

  • Increased focus on literature themes and writer’s craft.
  • Compare and contrasts skills within language reading paper 2 and Power and Conflict Poetry.
  • Planning and structuring literary responses.
  • Time management skills.
  • Knowledge retention and quotation recital of literature texts.
  • Literature Revision.
  • Language Revision.



Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specifications: AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.