English is a subject concerned with the ability to communicate clearly and purposefully. It explores how to structure and sustain speaking and writing effectively, adapting to different situations and audiences using standard English. It also explores reading and how to evaluate the different ways writers express meaning.

Aims of the Department:

In Year 7 and 8, pupils will review and extend their own strategies for locating, appraising and extracting relevant information. They will develop their ability to analyse social, historical and cultural context, explaining their significance and relevance over time and learn to evaluate their own critical writing about texts. Pupils will develop their ability to write for a range of purposes and audiences, producing both formal analytical responses as well as creative pieces. They will explore different forms of writing, developing the use of literary devices and creative features of language.

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

  • Exploring the novel ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’.
  • Exploring Poetry and Imaginative Writing.
  • An introduction to the works of Shakespeare.

Year 8

  • Exploring ‘Romeo and Juliet.
  • Analysis and comparing contemporary novel extracts, as well as studying poetry.
  • Writing Myths and Legends.


Year 9

  • Exploring the novel ‘The Woman in Black’, as well as 19th Century writing.
  • Imaginative Writing and an introduction to Conflict Poetry.
  • Study ‘An Inspector Calls’ for GCSE English Literature.

Year 10 & 11

  • William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’.
  • How to approach unseen poetry and other Conflict poems.
  • GCSE Revision and exam preparation.
  • Imaginative Writing, Transactional Writing and Reading skills.
  • Paper 1 and Paper 2 Revision: unseen fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Revision and Exam Preparation