English

English endeavours to transport its students to worlds outside of their local area. We expose students to a variety of texts and genres from a range of eras including Shakespearean plays and poems, gothic extracts, contemporary plays and novels.

We are experts in our fields and work together to support and prepare students for life after school. All our students are encouraged to extend their learning outside of school and develop their mastery of English language and literature.

Key Stage 3

This is a core subject for all Key Stage 3 year groups and students will cover the following topics:

  • exploration of literature through a range of challenging novels and plays;
  • a range of non-fiction texts;
  • writing for a purpose;
  • literacy;
  • speaking and listening.

Key Stage 4

This is a core subject for all Key Stage 4 year groups and students will cover the following topics:

  • twentieth century drama (An Inspector Calls);
  • nineteenth century prose (A Christmas Carol);
  • poetry (unseen and from the conflict anthology);
  • Shakespearean play (Macbeth);
  • reading for meaning;
  • narrative and descriptive writing;
  • speaking and listening.

Key Stage 5

At A level we offer two courses. The combined English Language and Literature course builds upon the GCSE curriculum and the pure literature course develops students critical thinking. Both courses prepare students for university studies and the world of work.

Language and Literature

Students will study:

  • a range of texts from the Paris anthology;
  • poetry by Carol Ann Duffy;
  • a prose text from the fantasy genre (The Handmaid’s Tale)
  • a drama (A Street Car Named Desire)
  • a non-fiction text (Into the Wild)

Students will also be required to complete a non-exam assessment (coursework)

Literature

Students will study:

  • a selection of poems by Philip Larkin (The Less Deceived);
  • a selection of contemporary poems (Poems of the Decade);
  • two early modern dramas (Othello and Dr Faustus);
  • two prose texts (The Handmaid’s Tale and Frankenstein).

Students will also be required to complete a non-exam assessment (coursework).