In English we have a 5 year curriculum, comprising of both English Language and English Literature. Our exciting programmes of study ensure that students not only thoroughly enjoy English, but it also enriches them with key skills for life beyond school. Students follow the Eduqas GCSE specification.

Students study a mixture of texts, from classics such as ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and Shakespeare, to modern novels and plays such as ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’. Students value and understand the importance of English in the ‘real world’ through embarking on local community projects and writing for real audiences and purposes.


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Modern fiction and writing workshop

Love and relationships poetry cluster

Gothic fiction reading and transactional writing

Shakespeare’s comedies

Conflict poetry

Post 1914 novel/play

Victorian mystery and adventure stories

Shakespearean villains


Post 1914 prose and creative writing

War and poetry anthology cluster

19th Century reading and writing exploration

20th Century fiction, transactional writing and spoken language

Key stage 4 – Year 10 and 11
Language Exam Literature exam
Component 1 – 60% Component 1– 40%
20th Century Literature reading and creative prose writing Shakespeare and Poetry Anthology
Component 2 – 40% Component 2 – 60%
19th and 21st Century non-fiction reading and transactional/persuasive writing Post 1914 prose/drama, 19thCentury prose and unseen poetry



Useful links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:


BBC Bitesize – GCSE

BBC Bitesizse – KS3

Education Quizzes – GCSE

Education Quizzes – KS3



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