Studying English

In English students study a wide range of topics in order to help them communicate their ideas effectively with others, both in school and in the wider world. Students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. They are encouraged to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.

Communication skills

In English we help students communicate their ideas effectively in both speech and writing by studying a wide range of literature spanning different periods and fostering a lifelong love of reading. Students develop critical awareness and learn to address wide ranging issues that are relevant to their social and moral development.

How many lessons will my child have each week?

From Year 7 – Year 9 students have six English lessons a fortnight, one of which takes place in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC). The LRC lessons enrich the English lessons with extra reading opportunities, research lessons and Information Literacy techniques.  Students will be set homework twice a week, which may be reading, writing or research work.


Students are assessed in a number of ways. Each piece of work is awarded formative feedback, either through teacher, self or peer assessment. There are a minimum of three summative assessed pieces of work per term that are awarded a National Curriculum Level. Students complete Speaking and Listening (EN1), Reading (EN2) and Writing (EN3) assessments throughout the year.

Extra-Curricular opportunities:

Wherever possible the English Department will organise trips and author visits to complement the scheme of work currently being studied. In Year 8 a group of students visit The Globe theatre for an informative visit. There are after-school and lunchtime enrichment programmes in Creative Writing, Drama and Debating. A buddy scheme operates with Sixth Form students for those who would like one-to-one encouragement.


Key Stage 3


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Year 7

  • Writing Skills – persuasive writing and foundation literacy skills
  • Poetry (Mainstream) and Sonnets (Accelerated)
  • Beowulf (focus on writing skills)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (focus on reading and analysis skills)
  • Modern Novel (focus on writing skills)
  • Modern Drama (focus on reading and speaking and listening skills)


Year 8

  • Writing to Inform/Explain/ Describe/ Persuade (Writing Skills)
  • Shakespeare or Dickens (Reading Skills)
  • Shakespeare or Dickens (Reading Skills)
  • Poetry from Different Cultures (Writing Skills)
  • Sherlock Holmes and other Short Stories (Reading Skills)
  • Modern Novel (focus on writing and speaking and listening skills)

Year 9

  • Rant/Review/ Recount: Learning to write for purpose
  • Romeo and Juliet: Analysis Skills
  • Conflict Poetry (Writing and Reading Skills)
  • Modern Novel (Developing Analysis)
  • Pre-1914 Gothic Genre and Victorian Literature (Writing Skills)
  • Modern Drama (Reading and Speaking and Listening Skills)