English

Students are offered the broadest possible range of experience in language, media and literature.

You will develop a sense of audience and purpose in both speaking and writing. You will gain an understanding of language as a creative and transactional medium both as readers and creators of texts, and will develop a critical awareness of language and text as a major influence on our lives. 

The English department strive to ensure that our students become successful learners, confident individual and responsible citizens.

What will I study?

Year 7

  • Novel and narrative writing
  • Novel with a language focus
  • Descriptive writing
  • Poetry 
  • Macbeth
  • Viewpoint writing
  • Speaking and listening

Year 8

  • The Tempest
  • Drama / Speaking and listening
  • Gothic Poetry
  • 19th Century detective fiction
  • Narrative writing
  • Dystopian fiction 
  • Viewpoint writing
  • Speaking and listening 

Year 9

  • Othello / Gothic / Romantics
  • 20th Century war poetry
  • Narrative structure
  • Viewpoint writing 
  • Spoken language 

Year 10

  • English Language and Literature
  • 'Power and Conflict' poetry cluster
  • Modern text study: 'Lord of the Flies'
  • 19th Century novel study: 'Sign of Four' or 'Jane Eyre'
  • English Language Paper 1: 'Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing'
  • English Language Paper 2: 'Writer Viewpoints and Perspectives'
  • Speaking and listening

Year 11

  • English Language and Literature
  • Shakespeare text study: 'A Merchant of Venice'
  • English Language Paper 2: 'Writer Viewpoints and Persepectives'
  • Exam skills

How will I be assessed?

English Language
  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • Paper 2: Writer Viewpoints and Perspectives
  • Each paper comprises of a reading and writing section
  • Speaking and listening
    *This is a requirement of the course and is assessed as Pass, Merit or Distinction. It will appear on your exam certificate but does not count towards your final grade.
English Literature
  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
  • Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry
  • These exams are closed book

What else can I get involved in?

Key Stage 3 English Club

  • Wednesdays
  • A3
  • 12.30pm - 1.00pm

What career could I have with a qualification in English?

What can I study with an English qualification?

Courses you could study at university include:
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • English Literature and Language
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies

What career could I have with an English qualification?

Careers which require an English qualification include:
  • Digital Copywriter
  • Editorial Assistant
  • English as a Foreign Language Teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Newspaper Journalist