English Curriculum:


Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 English Curriculum is interesting and varied. We have introduced pupils to an Independent Project Enquiry which allows them to choose areas of interest which are researched, written about and commented upon as a reflection on learning.

Pupils also study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from a variety of authors including:

  • William Shakespeare:- The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.

  • Benjamin Zephaniah:- Terror Kid, Face.

  • Michael Morpurgo: - War Horse.

  • John Steinbeck: - Of Mice and Men.

  • Carol Ann Duffy: - various poems.

Speaking and Listening is an integral part of our curriculum and pupils have the opportunity to discuss texts being studied as well as participating in more formal presentations, including discussion, listening and role playing with teachers and peers.

KS4 English Literature

Pupils follow the AQA English Literature course of study in years 10 and 11.


  • To provide consistency and ensure parallel learning in line with texts studied by pupils in mainstream schools.

  • To not only prepare for the demands of the GCSE examination, but to further develop and foster a lifelong love of reading and literature.

Texts studied include the following:

  • William Shakespeare – Macbeth.

  • J B Priestley - An Inspector Calls. 

  • Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice.  

  • George Orwell - Animal Farm.

  • Poetry, Power and Conflict - Various Poets.

KS4 English Language

The following AQA courses are offered:

  • Step Up To English – Silver and Gold Award.

  • Functional Skills English – Level 1 & 2.

  • GCSE English Language.

Speaking and Listening Communication is an integral part of pupil development and as such pupils will be involved in formal and informal activities which will include:

  • Presenting.

  • Discussing.

  • Listening.

  • Role playing.

Regular assessments are completed throughout the year to monitor and track pupil progress.

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