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 All students study English and English Literature at both Key Stages.

Throughout Key Stage three, students study a wide variety of literature genres from contemporary works to Literary Heritage texts. We aim to foster their writing skills by developing their understanding of the language features of all genres and giving students opportunities to practice writing for different texts and audiences.  We explore writers’ methods such as language and structural devices.

At Key stage Four, students are given wider reading lists and are expected to read a minimum of three books, some classic and some modern. In order to support this, the English Department arranges a biennial Book Week where authors and poets are invited in to discuss their work. Students raise money for this event with sponsored reading. We also value Speaking and Listening and organise a school “Speech Competition”; an event in which all students participate.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Year 9 English information September 2017

Students are taught in mixed ability classes at Key Stage 3.

Every year, all groups study at least one prose text, drama text and poetry collection. They study modern texts and some pre 1914 texts; in particular, Shakespeare. Our course aims to prepare students for the GCSE course.  Students complete at least two key assessments per term in Reading Fiction or Non-Fiction or Writing Fiction or Non-Fiction and their levels of achievement help inform their teacher of their progress against their expected standard on  their reports. In years 7 and 8 there are 3 main in class assessments, one per term.  In year nine there are four, the final one being a mock GCSE Language Paper 1.  Throughout Key Stage 3 students are given opportunities to improve their skills in writing descriptive, informative, explanatory, discursive, persuasive, instructive texts in preparation for GCSE.

Suggestions for Key Stage 3 reading: the Carnegie long list 2017


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)


Students are taught in mixed ability groups and all students are entered for English Language and Literature.  We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus for both Language (8700) and Literature (8702). Both are linear courses, examined at the end of year 11. The Department prepares students for these final exams with regular exam practice and opportunities to develop the key reading and writing skills.

For English Language, students need to be confident readers of literature and non-fiction texts and be able to access literary heritage texts. They need to be able to write accurately for a variety of purposes. For English Literature, students need to be able to analyse a range of texts: Shakespeare, 19th Century novels, modern texts and poetry.



 Year 11 English and Maths Information Evening  - February 2017
 English Literature Drama PLC
 English Literature Prose PLC
 English Literature Poetry PLC
AO Symmetry Map for English Language and English Literature
Key Stage Four Reading List 


Key Stage 5


At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the Edexcel GCE. The course gives students exciting opportunities to study and compare prose texts on the topic of Science and Society, and a range of drama and poetry from modern times and pre-1900.  As part of the A2 course, students undertake an independent study which is worth 20% of the final grade. 

Students have five lessons a week and are co-taught by two teachers who share responsibility preparing students for their coursework and examinations over the two year course. 


Additional Resources

Book Suggestions

Want to read some books, but need some recommendations? Take a look at the book lists below for some ideas. Additional suggestions can be found on the Library pages of the website.

KS3 Classic Texts

KS3 More Challenging Classic Texts

KS3 Modern Texts

KS4 Texts



KS3 (recommended):

AQA KS3 English Language Year 7 (Workbook)  OUP  ISBN: 978-0198368816

AQA KS3 English Language Year 8 (Workbook)  OUP  ISBN: 978-0198368830

AQA KS3 English Language: Year 9 Test Workbook Pack of 15 OUP  ISBN: 978-0198368847

KS4 (recommended):

AQA GCSE English Language: Targeting Grades 6-9: Revision Workbook OUP  ISBN: 978-0198359180

AQA GCSE English Language: Targeting Grade 5: Revision Workbook OUP  ISBN: 978-0198359197

A Christmas Carol: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) Workbook OUP  ISBN: 978-1292138077

An Inspector Calls: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) Workbook OUP  ISBN: 978-1292100791

Macbeth: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) Workbook OUP  ISBN: 978-1292100814

AQA Poetry Anthology - Power and Conflict: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) Workbook OUP  ISBN: 978-1292236797

Romeo and Juliet: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) Workbook OUP  ISBN: 978-1292100821

KS5 (recommended):

King Lear (The Arden Shakespeare) ISBN: 978-1903436592

King Lear: York Notes for A-Level 2015 (York Notes Advanced)

Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry (Faber & Faber) ISBN: 978-0571325405

English Romantic Verse (Poets) (Penguin Classics) ISBN: 978-0140421026

Frankenstein (Wordsworth Classics)

Frankenstein (York Notes for AS & A2) ISBN: 978-1447913214


In order to support your child in reading for pleasure, please click on the link below to a Parent's Guide to Reading for Pleasure.

Reading for Pleasure: a guide for parents

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