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?

Clubs for 2020 TBC.

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

Remote Learning

When the school has to close during term time or when we have students who have ‘enforced absences’ (for example who are shielding or self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic), we provide work to ensure that learning continues. 

While at home you will be set work in line with your normal timetable in school.

Please check the Google Classroom for your English class and access learning materials and complete any work that has been posted there. If there is no specific work for you there, then you should access the work linked below during your English lessons, while at home.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 10