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English and Media


"Here let us breathe and haply institute

      A course of learning and ingenious studies"

Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew 1.1-8.9

• To maintain and/or stimulate lasting student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in English. To create an atmosphere where students wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy English, because they are active participants in it, and where staff enjoy teaching, so they give of their very best. This will enable each student to achieve his/her potential in a variety of situations, using all available resources appropriately, to ensure the highest level of achievement for each student.


  • To develop the habit of reading and encourage students to value reading as a pleasure and as an important skill for life. 
  • To enable students to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary in standard English. 
  • To expose students to a wide range of material (both literary and media). We aim to enable pupils to see English as a major cultural feature and part of a wider body of knowledge and skills. 
  • To enable students to, develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence. 
  • To enable students to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities and to contribute to the development of core skills such as ICT, reading, writing and speaking. 
  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to English and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
  • To value each individual and so encourage each student to feel the value and worth of others. In doing so, to encourage empathy, so that each pupil approaches issues of Race, Gender and Ability with tolerance and insight. 
  • To develop an awareness in students of the implications of English (past and present) for the individual and the local, national and international communities. 
  • To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments free from prejudicial intolerance. 
  • To foster and encourage a lasting enjoyment and appreciation of Literature (including dramatic works) and non-literary works from a variety of eras, cultures and traditions. 
  • To encourage students to consider critically the way language is used and abused by writers and the mass media and to develop the ability to analyse, evaluate and discriminate this use of language. 
  •  To use all information available to ensure students achieve their potential. 


Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)

Course content:

Students are introduced to a range of fiction and non-fiction reading texts and have opportunities to write in a variety of forms according to purpose. Drafting is encouraged as an integral part of the writing process. Oral work, either in a whole class discussion, a small group or as an individual forms an important part of the pupil's work. Schemes of Work are based on the National KS3 English Strategy. Students will begin to engage with traditional literature texts, such as Shakespeare, as well as modern texts by contemporary writers

A few examples of scheme of work include:

Blood Brothers (Contemporary Play)

  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare)
  • Poetry Across the Ages (Literary Heritage)
  • Sherlock Holmes (Literary Heritage Novel)


Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)

Students study both English Language and Literature and are exposed to a wide variety of texts. Students are encouraged to analyse the writer's craft, think independently and communicate their ideas effectively. Emphasis is placed on developing clarity and accuracy in writing, as well as essential oral communication skills.  The course involves 5 Controlled Assessment, a collection of Speaking and Listening Tasks and final examinations in Year 11.




English Language (40%)

1. Recreations – reworking of a text

2. Creative Writing – individual response to a theme or subject

3. A response to a Modern Literary Test (Of Mice and Men)

4. Spoken Language - an analysis of an aspect of Spoken Language


English Literature (25%)

1. Literature Piece – Comparison of a Shakespeare Text and Poem.



Speaking and Listening Tasks (20%)

1. Role Play

2. Presentation

3. Group Discussion



 English Exam 1 (40%)

Section A - Non-Fiction Reading

Section B - Writing (Shorter and Longer Writing Task)


English Literature Exam 1 (40%)

Section A - Response to an An Inspector Calls question

Section B - Response to an Of Mice and Men question


English Literature Exam 2 (35%)

Section A – Comparison of 2 poems

Section B – Analysis of an unseen Poem



Homework is set on a weekly basis, although regular independent reading is also expected. 

The English Department homework is in a booklet form are given to students at the start of each half term and can also be found in the student shared area or on Showmyhomework.com.

Booklets are collected twice a half term - deadlines can be found on the front of the booklets.

Each booklet consists of a series of tasks that will help students develop and master the core skills required to progress in English.  The tasks include:

  • Spelling lists
  • A research task
  • A close reading task
  • An extended writing task
  • A redrafting task
  • A reflection task


Intervention Clubs



Monday KS3


Friday KS4

12th Nov

Year 8 Enrichment  HF6

16th Nov

Higher Class – Reading 1+2 HF4

Foundation Class – Reading 1+2  HF5

Year 9 - Part One: how to improve the quality of your written English.  Teacher referral.  HF2

19th Nov

Year 7 Intervention  HG3

23rd Nov

Higher Class – Reading 3+ 4 HF4

Foundation Class – Reading 3+4 HF3

26th  Nov

Year 8 Enrichment HF5

30th Nov

Year 11 – Shorter Writing Task HF6

Year 10 - Part Two: how to improve the quality of your written English.  Teacher referral.  HF1

3rd Nov

Year 7 Intervention HF6

7th Dec

Year 11 – Longer Writing Task HF3

Year 9 - Part Two: how to improve the quality of your written English.  Teacher referral.  HF2

9th Nov

Year 8 Enrichment HF6

14th Dec

Exam Overview Higher HF4

Exam Overview Foundation HF3


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