Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3, the focus is on progression and the development of skills in the three attainment areas: oracy, reading and writing.

These skills are developed through the study of various topics including, but not limited to, the following areas:


Year 7 – Autobiography, Life at Sea, Wildlife

Year 8 – Survival, Advertising, Healthy Living

Year 9 – Homelessness, War, Finance


Pupils are assessed twice a term in each of the three attainment areas. In addition, they sit regular ‘mini exams’, the layout and requirements of which are based on current GCSE specifications and provide valuable preparation by helping pupils to feel familiar and comfortable with the exam process.

KS3 English homework is carried out online. Regular tasks, which complement the unit of work being studied in English lessons, are uploaded to the school website for pupils to complete. Most tasks require pupils to read an extended text and then answer questions which test crucial reading skills. Other tasks include questions which test pupils’ editing and general literacy skills. The question types used are the same as those faced by pupils in National Reading Tests and the new GCSE exams.

We also recommend that pupils read independently for 20 minutes at least three times a week in order to develop reading crucial skills, while expanding their vocabulary and increasing their exposure to writers’ techniques.






Students sit two English qualifications: English Language and English Literature.

The key to success in English at KS4 is reading. It is vital that all pupils are regularly reading a wide range of texts for at least 20 minutes, three times a week.  These should include: articles from the BBC news website or newspapers, leaflets, infographics, short stories and novels.

Writing accuracy is also very important. Pupils should make sure they are confident about all of the spelling and punctuation rules on the ‘Literacy Focus’ page of their journals.

English Language

Entry for this qualification is not tiered; every pupil will sit the same paper.   Both exams take place at the end of the course, in the summer of Year 11.

A pupil’s overall grade is made up from three units:

Unit 1 – Speaking and Listening assessment x2 (20%)

Unit 2 – Exam (40%)

Unit 3 – Exam (40%)


English Literature

There are two tiers of entry for this qualification: Higher (A*-D) and Foundation (C-G)

A pupil’s overall grade is made up from thee units:

Unit 1 – Exam (35%) – ‘Of Mice and Men’ and Unseen Poetry

Unit 2 – Exam (40%) – ‘Heroes’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’

Unit 3 – Controlled assessment x2 (25%) – Poetry and Shakespeare

Pupils will be entered early for the Unit 1 exam (January of Y10) with opportunities to re-sit later in the course where appropriate.




We offer GCE A Level and AS Level in English Literature. The specification is divided into a total of 5 units, 2 AS units and 3 A2 units. Weightings noted below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification.

AS Level

AS Unit 1       Prose and Drama (closed book)

                        Written exam: 2 hours

                        20% of A Level qualification


AS Unit 2       Poetry Post-1900 (open book, clean copy)

                        Written exam: 2 hours

                        20% of qualification


A Level (the above plus a further 3 units)


A2 Unit 3      

                       Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry (open book, clean  copy)

                       Written exam: 2 hours

                        20% qualification


A2 Unit 4      

                         Shakespeare (closed book)

                        Written exam: 2 hours

                        20% of qualification


A2 Unit 5        

                        Prose study

                        Non examination assessment: 2500-3500 word assignment

                        20% of qualification


Head of Faculty
Ms J Conway


Assistant Heads of Faculty
Ms J Cross

Mrs A Watkins


Teaching Staff

Mrs L Glennon

Mrs A Jones

Miss E Burniston

Mrs Llewellyn

Miss A Howells