English Department

  • Mrs F Atkin – Head of Department
  • Mrs R Christie – Second in Department
  • Mrs R Levesley-Kroeller – Third in Department
  • Mr M Greenough – Teacher of English
  • Ms C Kidney – Teacher of English
  • Miss L Towers – Teacher of English
  • Mrs A Williams – Teacher of English
  • Miss L Winckle – Teacher of English
  • Ms G Watson – 1-to-1 Tutor
  • Ms J Hughes – 1-to-1 Tutor

Overview of the Year for English at Key Stage 3

During KS3 students have the ability to widen and explore their understanding of English as a subject beyond KS2. We work with partner primaries to ensure this is as seamless as possible. Students get the opportunity to study an eclectic mix of different text types from fictional novels to biographies, always taking into account the individual needs of our students. They will develop their analytical and evaluative skills, as well as their writing skills across the English curriculum. For our lower ability classes we have a separate curriculum: the Ruth Miskin Fresh Start programme, to enable students to catch up to their peers as quickly as possible. For the more gifted in the subject area we give the opportunity to study more difficult and demanding texts. The main aim of the KS3 English curriculum is to ensure that all students not only develop skills and enjoy learning these, but to get students as ready as possible for the demands of the KS4 curriculum.

Across KS3 we run a reading programme called Accelerated Reader. Students are expected to read a book targeted at their reading level for the first 15 minutes of each English lesson. Students take quizzes on these books which allow teachers to monitor student progress even more closely. We have found this programme to be very successful not only in improving student’s ability in English, but it has created a culture and love of reading across the key stage.

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Overview of the Year for English Language and Literature at Key Stage 4

Students study both English Language and English Literature across the three years. This means all students have the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs in English. The exam board for both qualifications is WJEC.

Currently for this qualification students must demonstrate their ability to read and understand a range of non-fiction texts for Paper 1 and be able to write in a range of styles, including letters, articles, speeches and reviews for Paper 2.

Students complete one piece of controlled assessment worth 25% of the final grade. This is based on a theme provided by the exam board and means students study a Shakespeare play and a collection of poems from the anthology.
The exam is worth 75% of the final grade and for this students study a further selection of poetry in preparation for an unseen paper, ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Blood Brothers’.

NOTE In 2017 both qualifications will be 100% exam which will be sat at the end of Y11.


SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)


Enrichment Activities

Creative Writing – Monday
Website Development – Monday
GCSE Revision – Wednesday
Preparation for English Language/Literature – Wednesday