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Curriculum Intent:

The English department endeavours to build on the prior learning of students, with a focus on developing students reading, writing, verbal and collaborative skills. This approach is founded on a positive reading ethos and the development of literacy. Through a rich and varied curriculum, that encourages students to explore the history of literature, the English department develops students’ transferable skills, equipping them with analytical and evaluative skills that are valuable for future employment.  SMSC is highly valued and the curriculum covers a range of moral and ethical topics, evolving students understanding of themselves and the world around them. Through this, the English department aims to build resilience and encourage learners to be ambitious and aspirational in all that they do. 


The English department have a range of reading textbooks for all ages. This varies from classics, modern fiction, non-fiction, poetry- all covering a wide range of topics for the students to both obtain a varied diet of texts and literature and also develop their own interests in reading. The department strongly promote reading for pleasure, so always have relevant and engaging books at hand to recommend and share with the students.

The English department consists of several large and spacious classrooms, including a double class (ideal for projects, group work and drama activities!). There is plenty of space and opportunity for students to develop their English skills in wide variety of learning styles.


The English department works closely with the library to ensure there is always something “bookish” for the students to get involved in (author visits, Carnegie awards, big book quizzes, just to name a few). Alongside this, we offer a range of after school clubs, including a creative writing and debate club.

We also have a range of events throughout the year, such as World Book Day, The Spelling Bee and Readathons to encourage a love of reading and literacy throughout the wider school.

We have collaborated with other subjects in the past, such as History and offered school trips to places that have a historical legacy steeped in literature, i.e. Shakespeare’s Globe.

We also offer an opportunity for students to become ‘Literacy Leaders,’ where students can get involved in a whole host of literacy-based activities, promoting literacy around the wider school.

Online Resources:

The following websites are recommended as revision tools for our GCSE students:

  • -BBC Bitesize
  • -Sparknotes
  • -Shmoop
  • -Yorknotes
  • -Cliffnotes
  • -Revision World
  • -Youtube-Now have a wide range of experienced teachers and examiners offering exam advice.


Students sit both their literature and language GCSE through the exam board AQA.

Students at GCSE study the following texts:

-An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley

-Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

-Power and Conflict AQA poetry anthology

-A Christmas Carol OR Jekyll and Hyde OR The Sign of the Four.

Career Links:

The skills English literature and language provide have relevance and importance for all career routes (literacy, written and verbal communication, reading and comprehension, etc).

Common career pathways are listed below:

  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Education (Teaching)
  • Publishing / Writing
  • Public Relations
  • Law
  • Public Sector (Civil Service / Government)
  • Politics