Welcome to ENGLISH

Welcome to the curriculum page for English.  The curriculum is delivered in a variety of specialist rooms, supported by fully equipped classrooms that include: interactive whiteboards and also a suite of netbooks for pupils to work on.
Departmental staff:

  • Miss C Wright – Head of Faculty
  • Ms. K Moorcroft 
  • Mrs K Casey – SENCo
  • Mr L Ludford – Teacher
  • Mr S Evans – Teacher
  • Mrs D Holland – Teacher
  • Mrs P Farrell – Teacher – Assistant SENCo
  • Miss F Liptrott – Teacher
  • Ms. J Stephens – Teacher
  • Mrs S Emmanuel – Teacher
  • Mr Hawkins – Teacher



Year 7 – The topics followed are:

  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens                               
  • Grammar for Writing Unit – Alter Egos
  • Forensic Linguistic Devices – Language skills                        
  • Class book based on the theme of slavery
  • Poetry and Short Stories based on the theme of animals

Students also access Skillswise; Lexia and a range of other online materials to support their reading and vocabulary skills 


Year 8 – The topics followed are:
Novels Set During Wartime – Class choose from: Once by Morris Glietzman; Boy in The Striped PJ’s by John Boyne; Carries War by Nina Bawden; Blitz Cat by Robert Westall; Blitzed by Robert Swindells

  • Grammar for Writing – Dystopia
  • Non-Fiction writing – Newspapers
  • Poetry unit – Relationship theme                                         
  • Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  • Our Day Out – Willy Russell


Year 9 – The topics followed are:

  • Discursive Essay based on animals in Zoos                   
  • AQA Literature anthology for Poetry – The Conflict Cluster
  • Narrative Writing
  • Grammar For Writing – Spy Unit
  • Macbeth
  • Class Novel – Class chooses from: To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee; Lord of The Flies – William Golding; Mice and Men – John Steinbeck; The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien


Year 10 – The topics followed are:

  • An Inspector Calls – JB Priestley
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • Preparation for AQA Paper 2 for Language – Comparing non Fiction Texts
  • AQA Poetry Cluster – Conflict poems
  • Preparation for AQA Paper 1 for Language – pre 1914 fiction texts
  • Macbeth – William Shakespeare


Year 11 – The topics followed are:

  • For AQA Literature, tackling exam style questions and developing knowledge of:
  • An Inspector Calls – JB Priestley
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • AQA Poetry Cluster – Conflict poems
  • Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  • Unseen Poetry – any theme; any poet

For Language, tackling exam style questions and developing skills in preparations for:
Fiction and Non-Fiction analysis                                

Fictional and Transactional writing.

Equipment / Kit
To support your child’s learning and engagement in this subject, all students are expected to bring to class: basic equipment to write their exercise book.  It will also help, if students have: a mini dictionary and a mini thesaurus. In year 10 and 11 your child will be given a Literature anthology and will also be given the option to purchase a range of revision guides to support the GCSE syllabuses. Students at the academy are expected to have a reading book with them in all lessons.

For parents looking to support students at home, we highly recommend:

In years 10 and 11 pupils follow the Edexcel course for English Language and the AQA course for English Literature.  This course is assessed by examinations only at the end of Year 11.  The English Language exam is based on two papers and the English Literature exam is also based on two papers – totaling four exam papers across the two courses.  Further details are available from the examination boards, as shown below:
AQA GCSE Literature: