The study of English is essential, not only in terms of helping individuals make sense of who they are, but also in terms of learning how to communicate successfully with the world. English Literature teaches a great deal about life, history and society and fosters tolerance and understanding, which is a vital part of a balanced education.

Reading, spoken language and writing are the cornerstones of success and we aim to equip our pupils with the skills to read critically, confidently and for pleasure; to be articulate in their spoken language; and to write effectively with style and accuracy for a wide range of purposes and audiences.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • 19th century short story: structuring analysis and describing an event
  • Parent-child relationship poetry: writing analytical paragraphs and writing a story
  • 21st century novel: exploring the characterisation of strong females and writing a story focusing on a moment
  • Revision
  • Non-fiction: environment. Writing for a viewpoint.
  • 20th century novel: exploring the characterisation of strong females and describing a natural scene
  • 19th century short story: analysing word choice in detail and writing a story
  • Identity poetry: developing analytical writing and persuasive writing
  • Revision
  • Non-fiction: persuasive writing


Year 9 Year 10 Year 11


Pupils will study one of the following plays:

  • Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Tempest
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Julius Caesar

The 19th Century Novel

Pupils will study one of the following novels:

  • Robert Louis Stevenson – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
  • Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
  • Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre
  • Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
  • Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Sign of Four

Modern Texts

Pupils will study one of the following texts:

  • JB Priestley – An Inspector Calls
  • Willy Russell – Blood Brothers
  • Alan Bennett – The History Boys
  • Dennis Kelly – DNA
  • Simon Stephens – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (play script)
  • Shelagh Delaney – A Taste of Honey
  • William Golding – Lord of the Flies
  • AQA Anthology – Telling Tales
  • George Orwell – Animal Farm
  • Kazuo Ishiguro – Never Let Me Go
  • Meera Syal – Anita and Me
  • Stephen Kelman – Pigeon English

AQA Poetry Anthology: Power and Conflict

  • Pupils will study a cluster of 15 poems on the subject of power and conflict

Unseen Poetry

  • Analysing and comparing key features including content, theme, structure and use of language.

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specifications: AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.