Key Stage 4 Courses Key Stage 5 Courses
AQA GCSE English Language (8702) OCR A Level English Literature (H472)
AQA GCSE English Literature (8700)  

Why do we study English?

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.  Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

The English Department Team 

Ms S Sriram Curriculum Leader of English
Mr A Young Lead Practitioner 
Ms S Farooq Deputy Curriculum Leader of English
Ms P Dhaliwall Assistant Curriculum Leader of English
Mr R Devereaux-Ward Assistant Curriculum Leader of English
Mr J Jones English Teacher & Headteacher
Mr F Alexander English Teacher
Mr Z Hardwick English Teacher
Ms K Petsopoulou Assistant Curriculum Leader of English
Mr S Dixon English Teacher
Ms A Michael English Teacher & Raising Standards Officer KS3
Mr W Yates English Teacher & Raising Standards Officer :GAMA
Ms J McGrath  English Teacher

The English Programme of Study

The English Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8 and 9

Year 7

  • Autumn Term 1: ‘Literature Through the Ages’ (fiction)
  • Autumn Term 2: Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black
  • Spring Term 1: ‘Fighting Words’ (non-fiction reading)
  • Spring Term 2: ‘Marketing and Advertising’ (non-fiction writing and speeches)
  • Summer Term 1: ‘Culture and Identity’ poetry
  • Summer Term 2: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Year 8

  • Autumn Term 1: ‘Monsters and Villains’ (fiction)
  • Autumn Term 2: Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games
  • Spring Term 1: ‘Comparison Through the Ages’ (non-fiction reading)
  • Spring Term 2: Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses (stage play)
  • Summer Term 1: ‘Relationships’ poetry
  • Summer Term 2: William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

Year 9

  • Autumn Term 1 : Seminal world literature: study of awhole novel
  • Autumn Term 2: Exploring Writing: Technical Accuracy Unit
  • Spring Term 1: ‘Women in Shakespeare’
  • Spring Term 2: Reading non-fiction (STEM themed)
  • Summer Term 1: ‘Literary Shorts’ (fiction)
  • Summer Term 2: ‘Explorations of Poetry’  

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11

Year 10

  • Autumn 1: Modern Fiction (Play): J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls
  • Autumn 2: 19th Century Novel: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
  • Spring Term 1 William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • Spring Term 2: GCSE English Language Paper 2
  • Summer Term 1: Power and Conflict Poetry
  • Summer Term 2: Power and Conflict Poetry: Comparative writing and Unseen Poetry

Year 11

  • Autumn 1: GCSE English Language Paper 1
  • Autumn 2: Revision: A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls
  • Spring 1: Revision: Macbeth
  • Spring 2: Revision: Poetry and Language Paper 2
  • Summer Term: Revision (topics to be decided by individual teachers to suit the needs of their students)

Key Stage 5 – Years 12 and 13

Year 12

  • Autumn Term 1: Shakespeare and the Renaissance Tragedy
  • Autumn Term 1: Investigating the Gothic
  • Autumn Term 2: Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • Autumn Term 2: Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Spring Term 1: William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • Spring Term 1: Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber
  • Spring Term 2: ‘Medieval Studies’ (extracts)
  • Spring Term 2: Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber
  • Summer 1: Pre-1900 Poetry: Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale
  • Summer Term 1: (Coursework): Intertextual Studies
  • Summer Term 2: Drama and Poetry: Pre-1900 – A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen)
  • Summer Term 2: Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire

Year 13

  • Autumn 1: Sarah Moss’ Ghost Wall
  • Autumn 1: Carol-Ann Duffy’s poetry
  • Autumn 2: Revision: Hamlet
  • Autumn 2: Comparison coursework
  • Spring 1: Exam preparation – A comparative essay (Dracula and A Bloody Chamber)
  • Spring 1: Exam preparation – A comparative essay (A Doll’s House and Merchant’s Tale)
  • Spring 2: Exam preparation – Genre Study: The Gothic
  • Spring 2: Exam preparation – Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • Summer Term: Tailored revision (content to be decided by individual teachers)


Important textbooks, resources and websites we use at each Key Stage

Key Stage 3

  • Year 7 - Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest
  • Year 8 - Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses (the stage play) and William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice 
  • Year 9 - Literary Shorts anthology and Poetry anthology, provided by the school.

Wider reading lists are provided to all students.

Key Stage 4

  • Year 10 - Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare's Macbeth and Priestley’s An Inspector Calls; York Notes Revision Guides (Available for purchase in school)
  • Year 11 - As above

Revision Resources:

  • York Notes revision guides (sold at school).
  • Set texts listed above (sold at school)
  • Knowledge organisers and progress packs (provided for free by the English department)
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Shmoop.com (revision website)
  • Youtube.com (providing moving images of the text when relevant)

Key Stage 5

  • Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • Ibsen's A Doll's House
  • Chaucer's A Merchant's Prologue and Tale
  • Carter's The Bloody Chamber
  • Stoker's Dracula.
  • Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Carol-Ann Duffy Poetry Anthology
  • Sarah Moss’ Ghost Wall

Enrichment Opportunities in English

The English department run various trips across year groups and throughout the year, from theatre trips to research workshops at the British Library (6th Form). These are organised as opportunities arise. Examples of these include:

  • Theatre trips (The Globe Theatre)
  • Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ Challenge
  • Visiting Authors
  • World Book Day Activities
  • Creative Writing Workshops
  • Strawberry Hill House (KS5)

P4C (Philosophy for Children)

Every student in years 7-9 partake in an hour of P4C every fortnight. These lessons are discussion-focused, lead by the teacher, and allows students to engage with complex and critical wider issues within society. The aim of P4C is to develop critical thinking and widen the cultural capital of all of our students, that they may carry into the wider world the ability to communicate, listen to, interpret and respect a range of opinions outside of their own.