Key Stage 3:

At Key Stage 3 we offer students a wide and challenging sequence of units.   In year 7 we aim to build on the literacy skills taught at primary school; however, by the end of the year we hope that the students will have the confidence to write analytical, literary essays.  Year 8 continues to develop those skills of literary analysis through a variety of texts, including a study of Sherlock Holmes which ties in with Benedict Cumberbatch’s incredibly popular modern interpretation. In Year 9 we aim to develop students’ wider reading, with units on Identity and the Pastoral, as well as supporting our colleagues in the RE Department and their work on the Holocaust. 

Year Group

Areas of Study


Term 1 ~ ‘Love that Dog’ by Sharon Creech

Term 2 ~ Aspects of Narrative

Term 3 ~ ‘The Miller’s Tale’ by Chaucer

Term 4 ~ Great Lives

Term 5 ~ Scientifically Speaking

Term 6 ~ The Bard


Term 1 ~ ‘Elementary, my dear Watson!’

Term 2 ~ Appearances are Deceptive

Term 3 ~ Class Novel

Term 4 ~ Poetry and the Reading Challenge

Term 5 ~ The Art of Rhetoric

Term 6 ~ ‘Lights! Camera! Action!’


Term 1 ~ Identity and the Narrative Voice

Term 2 ~ ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by Salinger

Term 3 ~ The Origins of Evil

Term 4 ~ Evil in the Modern World

Term 5 ~ ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by Shakespeare

Term 6 ~ ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith


Key Stage 4:

Subject:               English Language and English Literature (OCR)                                                 

Link to other subjects/degrees/careers:

In developing the ability to communicate in all forms, both verbal and written, English is the foundation for all further study and every career.

Skills/competencies developed:

English is a core subject developing skills of literacy; it enables students to write extended pieces of work in a logical and developed manner, whilst acknowledging the importance of technical accuracy.  In addition, it teaches students to formulate arguments supported by evidence.  The ability to articulate views and opinions is also highly regarded and developed at GCSE by a range of Speaking & Listening activities.



Term 1: Modern Drama (English Literature ~ Examination ~ 25%)
Term 2: Prose From Different Cultures (English Literature ~ Examination ~ 25%)
Term 3: Continued from above

Term 4: Spoken Language (English Language ~ Controlled Assessment ~ 10%)
Term 5: Shakespeare & Film (English Literature ~ Controlled Assessment ~ 10%)

Term 6: Literary Heritage Poetry (English Literature ~ Controlled Assessment ~ 15%)

Year 11

Term 1: Extended Literary Text (English Language~ Controlled Assessment ~ 15%)  and Literary Heritage Prose(English Literature ~ Examination ~ 15% )
Term 2: Continued from above

Term 3: Imaginative Writing (English Language ~ Controlled Assessment ~ 15%)
Term 4: Information and Ideas (English Language – Examination ~ 60%) and Contemporary Poetry (English Literature ~ Examination ~ 10%)
Term 5: Extensive Revision of Examination Texts and Techniques
Term 6: Study Leave