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English enables pupils to speak and write fluently, developing essential communication skills. Reading allows pupils to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. The ability to write accurately is a key focus and a transferrable skill across the curriculum.


Head of Department - Mr G Edwards

Ms Y Sadique

Mr N Harrison

Mrs S Jagpal

Ms A Mahmood

Mrs S Ali

Ms Q Saiyed

Ms K Sidhu

Ms R Begum

Ms N Sultana

Ms S Hunter

Ms K Mohamed

Ms Rahman 

Mr A Roberts

Key Stage 3

In year 7, the English department delivers exciting and engaging lessons challenging students to explore a range of different texts and inspiring students to think creatively around a number of key themes, each linking to British Values.  In year 8 and 9, students move to a modular system of study, preparing students for their GCSE studies in Key Stage 4.  In year 9, students are made aware of GCSE assessment objectives and units reflect the skills needed to complete different parts of their GCSE course.

In addition to the topics listed below, students explore a range of literary texts with their class teachers and teaching groups and complete a range of activities designed to inspire a love of literature and to improve the general literacy of students.


KS4 – Year 10 & 11

AQA English Language 8700

The AQA GCSE specification offers a skills-based approach to the study of English Language. The specification is assessed through 100% examination. The course enables students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. Each examination paper has a distinct identity. Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers. Paper 2, Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.

AQA English Literature 8702

The AQA English Literature course covers a range of texts which have been chosen to inspire young readers, including Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol, and a poetry anthology on Power and Conflict. The course takes a skills-based approach which is accessible to students of all abilities. The range of texts chosen allows pupils to build on their knowledge and skills from key stage three. It also offers excellent preparation for AS and A-level English Literature, as well as giving students a grounding in a wide variety of literature that will stay with them for life.

KS5 – Year 12 & 13

Edexcel English Language and Literature A Level

The Edexcel A Level in English Language and Literature allows pupils to develop and apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation and to apply their understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language. Students learn to use linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts, showing how the two disciplines can relate to each other. Pupils engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and explore the ways in which texts relate to each other and the contexts in which they are produced and received. Set texts include Othello, The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire. The A Level comprises of three components: Paper one – Voices in Speech and Writing (40%), Paper two – Varieties in Language and Literature (40%), and Coursework – Investigating and Creating Texts (20%).

Further information on the English Curriculum

KS4 – Year 10 & 11

AQA English Language 8700


AQA English Literature 8702


KS5 – Year 12 & 13

Edexcel English Language and Literature A Level



A range of homework activities across the key stages with a particular focus on reading and research tasks. The English Department collaborates with P.E. and Humanities to create engaging homework activities around various themes. Homework is a challenging and important part of our curriculum. Computer and internet access required for DODDLE homework.

Additional reading

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

Gilbert, Francis Jonathan, Romeo and Juliet: The Study Guide Edition: Complete text with parallel translation & integrated study guide, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2014

Mortimer, Ian, The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, Vintage, 2013

Priestley, J.B., An Inspector Calls, Penguin Modern Classics, 2001

Dickens, Charles, A Christmas Carol, Wordsworth Classics, 2018

Shakespeare Navigators (KS3, 4 & 5) https://www.shakespeare-navigators.com/

Romeo and Juliet BBC Bitesize (KS4) https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zykncwx

A Christmas Carol BBC Bitesize (KS4) https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwhkxsg

An Inspector Calls BBC Bitesize (KS4) https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwhkxsg

Creative Writing  


Newspaper articles -  


Key Stage 5

Potter, Nicholas, Shakespeare, Othello: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism, Palgrave Macmillan, 2000

Pritchard, Ron, Shakespeare's England, The History Press, 2003

Wain, John, Shakespeare: Othello Casebook Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 1971

Loomba, Ania, Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama, Manchester University Press, 1983

Marwick, Arthur, British Society Since 1945: The Penguin Social History of Britain,

Penguin, 2003

Sandbrook, Dominic, Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles, Abacus, 2010

Sandbrook, White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties 1964-1970, Abacus,


Crystal, David, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, Cambridge University Press, 2010

Grice, Paul, Studies in the Way of Words, Harvard University Press, 1991

Holmes, Janet, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Learning About Language), Routledge,


Lakoff, Robin, Talking Power: Politics of Language, Basic Books, 1992

Extra-curricular Activities

Year 11 English Revision Thursday week one 3.15 – 4.15 K103

Year 13 English Revision Thursday week two 3.15 – 4.15 K103

KS3 and 4 English Accolade Reward Trips – Stratford-upon-Avon etc.

Year 9 Quantum Theatre A Christmas Carol performance

KS5 University of Birmingham Master Classes

KS5 Year 12 Stratford-upon-Avon educational visit

KS5 Year 12 Cold War Museum educational visit

KS5 Year 12 Globe Theatre educational visit


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