Mrs M Coleman – Curriculum Leader

Miss C Davy  – Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mrs J Brugger – Whole School Literacy Co-ordinator

Mr K Sweetman – Teacher of English

Mrs M Cockshutt – Teacher of English

Mrs J Brooke-Battersby – Teacher of English

Mrs J Sexton – Teacher of English

Mr R Pinnons – Teacher of English

Miss M Rooke – Teacher of English

Mr J Serlin – HLTA

Miss N Busby – Librarian


Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9 students are organised into half termly schemes of work, focusing on key skills such as reading, writing, speaking and listening and exam techniques.

The curriculum affords students to study a wide range of literature across all genres of writing. Texts include Private Peaceful, Stormbreaker, Our Day Out, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, A Christmas Carol, Blood Brothers and The Hunger Games. Students also study plays by William Shakespeare and poetry by poets such as Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy.

Students are formally assessed twice every half term, building on skills they have learnt and that are required for GCSE.

Regular homework is set, including spelling lists. Extended Learning Tasks (ELTs) are also set, allowing students to work creatively and independently, using research skills.

Students are rewarded using the school credit system as well as receiving half termly postcards home.

Years 10 And 11

English GCSE

In Year 10 and Year 11, students follow the AQA integrated programme of English Language and English Literature leading in most cases to two separate GCSE grades.

English/English Language

The course requirements are thus:

Controlled Assessment – 40%
(4 pieces; Creative Writing x2, Spoken Language Study and Extended Reading)
External Exam – 60%

English Literature – AQA iGCSE
The literature course requirements are thus:
Coursework – 40%
(Two texts linked by genre, author or theme.)
External Exam – 60%
(Based on set texts such as Journey’s End, Great Expectations and Pride and Prejudice etc. and also the study of an unseen poem.)

Extracurricular activities / Enrichment

The English department provides many opportunities for students to extend their learning beyond the classroom. These include:

  • Residential trips to Herd Farm to improve literacy and revision weekends for GCSE.
  • Lunchtime and after school clubs include Creative Writing, School Magazine and Book Groups. These have led to reviewing books for the Leeds Book Awards, attending the awards themselves and hearing authors speak.
  • Study and revision sessions take place at lunchtime and after school for KS4 pupils.
  • We run theatre trips which tie in with the Drama modules that students study. Trips that have taken place recently have allowed students to see plays such as ‘Refugee Boy’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’, as well as musicals such as ‘Blood Brothers’ and ‘Oliver!’
  • The department organise for guest speakers, novelists and poets to come into school, allowing students a different insight to texts they are studying or exams they are preparing for. Speakers have included AQA Chief Examiner, Keith Brindle, Kevin Brooks, author of GCSE set text ‘Martyn Pig’ and poet, Craig Bradley.

To support your child with their literacy a full range of reading lists can be viewed and downloaded from the links below;

Summer reading lists;

Advanced readers, Confident readers, Developing

Year 7 reading lists

Advanced readers, Confident readers, Developing