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Key Stage 3

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Language and Literature over Time
    (from Old English to the present)
  • Class novel
  • Media and Travel Writing
  • The poetry of William Blake and William Wordsworth
  • Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Short stories
  • Gothic short stories
  • Dickens’ A Christmas
  • Independent Extended Project
  • Creative writing
  • Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
  • Selection of poetry from the Moon on the Tides collection
  • Transformative writing
  • Gavin's Coram Boy
  • Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
  • Selection of peotry from the Belonging anthology
    Begin GCSE in summer term
  • Spoken Language
  • English Language Paper 1

Key Stage 3 assessment

  • Baseline assessments at the start of the year for each year group. Regular formative assessments leading to summative assessments after the completion of each scheme of work. Assessments are in reading, writing, speaking and listening.


Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Language 1ENO
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Literature 1ETO

Year 10 Year 11


  • GCSE English Language Paper 2 Non-Fiction Section A
  • GCSE English Language Paper 2 Transactional Writing Section B
  • Revision of all aspects of Paper 2


  • Priestley’s An Inspector
    (Paper 1 Drama)
  • Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (Paper 1 Drama)
  • Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    (Paper 2 19th-century Novel)


  • Revision of all aspects of English Langauge Paper 1
  • Revision of all aspects of English Language Paper 2


  • Relationships Poetry Anthology (Paper 2 Poetry
  • Modern Unseen Poetry (Paper 2 Poetry)
  • Revision of Paper 1/Paper 2


Key Stage 4 assessment

Baseline assessment in year 10. Regular formative assessments leading to summative assessments in reading and writing at the end of each unit of study. End of year examination in year 10 and mock examinations in English Language and English Literature in year 11.


Key Stage 5

OCR A Level English Literature

Year 12 Year 13
  • Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • Chaucer's The Merchant's Prologue and Tale
  • Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
  • Coursework
  • Ibsen's A Doll's House
  • Unseen dystopian prose extracts
  • Revision of all aspects of Components 1 and 2

Key Stage 5 assessment

  • Formative and summative assessments throughout the year. Mock examinations.


Why study English?

‘Learning from the past, in the present, for the future, the study of English Literature opens you up to new ways of thinking, reading, and writing. Thanks to the rich role of literary studies in social engagement, the discipline has a powerful role helping you to shape our society, empowering you with the skills to respond to your own time. Breaking down borders in a world where borders seem to be back in fashion, an English Literature degree equips you with a tool-belt of strategies, theories and methodologies to navigate contemporary society. In an era obsessed with fake news and rumour, it has never been more vital to talk about the power of stories, the complexity of writing, and the potential contribution of studying English Literature to the well-being and development not only of the you as an individual, but to our twenty-first century world.’

Katy Shaw, Professor of Contemporary Writings, Northumbria University


Curriculum enrichment outside of the classroom

  • Independent wider reading linked to every scheme of work in Key Stage 3
  • Theatre trips

  • Author visits

  • English lunch-time clubs

A level English - please see the Sixth Form Section of our website: sixth-form-subject-information