"The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more you learn, the more places you will go."

- Dr Seuss

GCSE Results 2017: We're Celebrating!

88% achieved a Grade 4 or above in Language or Literature

71% achieved a Grade 5 or above in Language or Literature

KS3 Curriculum

Year 8 sees English move back to individualised lessons and here the pupils will experience a plethora of literature and non-fiction/media texts.  They will also have the time to fine tune their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Regular lesson time is devoted to independent reading for pleasure; this is essential so that pupils can develop their tastes and to grow into confident young readers. Each scheme of learning in year 8 and 9 comes with an engaging title and a ‘Big Question’ which underpins the whole topic.

Click Here to view our topics and big questions for Year 8 learners.

Year 9 is now considered to be the first year of GCSE and in view of this, our schemes of learning are designed to cover a range of GCSE skills and content, including – for example – WW1 poetry and non-fiction in the topic entitled ‘Lest We Forget’ and a lively introduction to the play ‘Macbeth’ in the topic entitled ‘Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair’, among others. We feel it is important to nurture a fascination with English, which enthusiasm will motivate pupils through the challenges of a demanding 3 years of GCSE study. Therefore, we endeavour to teach GCSE skills and content in year 9 without simply introducing the content of exams very early.

Click Here to view our topics and big questions for Year 9 learners.

Assessment within English is an ongoing, formative process which is central to the excellent progress pupils make in the subject. Pupils receive regular, personal and high quality feedback on their progress in a variety of ways ranging from classroom dialogue, through to periodic 'warm ups' and formal assessment tasks. In year 8 and 9, these are designed to assess the same skills which will be required at GCSE level across the three areas of reading, writing and speaking & listening.

Much of the homework which is set in English will be based around our 'independent learning projects'. These provide a menu of activities thematically linked to the schemes of learning, from which pupils may select, or sometimes be guided to, a range of activities to suit different learning styles and interests. Through this approach, we hope to encouage pupils to develop their independent personal learning skills, which are so vital to successful lifelong learning habits.


KS4 Curriculum

All pupils in Years 10 and 11 study both English Language and English Literature GCSE.  We follow the AQA exam board for both courses. Click Here for an overview of the course content.


Each member of staff currently has their own teaching room with a projector and interactive whiteboard.  The classrooms are spacious and we create displays to encourage a lively, engaging learning environment. 

The library is located in the English corridor which gives us easy access to this excellent facility; independent reading for pleasure is a feature of all our lessons at KS3 and we encourage every pupil to always have a library book on the go. 

At KS4, we do ask that pupils purchase their own copies of the set texts for the exams, as this gives them ownership and allows them to annotate it as they wish; books can always be purchased directly from the department at a slightly reduced price.

Staff Members


Team Leader of English

Miss Hannah Dodwell

01805 623531 Ext. 269


Mrs Teresa Ayton

Mrs Charis Furness

Miss Katharine Le Petit

Mrs Tanya Tillier