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The English Department aims to foster, encourage and develop the skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing through an integrated course of English Language and Literature. We aim to improve pupils’ communication skills in both speaking and writing, helping them to understand how words have been used to create meaning and try to encourage an appreciation of Literature. A variety of texts are studied including Shakespeare, poetry, plays, novels, short stories and non-fiction writing.



The English Curriculum KS4


Information about the course content - What is to be studied?

English Language

Examination Board: Cambridge IGCSE Language

  1. Reading Paper 1 or paper 2 worth 40% (50 marks) External Examination

The aims are to:

• enable candidates to understand and respond to what they hear, read and experience

• enable candidates to communicate accurately, appropriately, confidently and effectively

• encourage candidates to enjoy and appreciate a variety of language

• complement candidates’ ability to work with information and ideas in other areas of study, for example, by     developing skills of analysis, synthesis and the drawing of inferences

• promote candidates’ personal development and an understanding of themselves and others.

  1. Coursework Portfolio worth 40% (50 marks) Internal Examination

Assignment 1: informative, analytical and/or argumentative

Assignment 2: descriptive and/or narrative

Assignment 3: a response to a text or texts of approximately two sides of A4 in total

  1. Speaking and Listening worth 20% (30 marks) Centre –based Examination

Part 1 Individual Task (3–4 minutes) (10 marks)

Part 2 Discussion (6–7 minutes) (20 marks)

English Literature

Examination Board: AQA IGCSE Literature

  1. Paper 1 60% External Examination

Section A: Candidates will answer on a compulsory unseen poetry text. Foundation tier candidates will attempt a number of structured questions whilst higher tier candidates will be asked a single open response question.

Section B: Foundation tier candidates will answer a two part question on the prose or drama text of their choice. The Higher tier paper will offer candidates a choice of two open ended questions on each text e.g. Journey’s End.

  1. Coursework 40% Internal Examination

Coursework: Themed Texts:

Candidates will study two or more texts and complete a coursework task on these.

Candidates will be asked to comment on the connections across the texts e.g. To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Othello.

The English Curriculum - Key Stage 5

Pupils follow AQA Literature Specification B and study the following modules:

  • AS Induction Unit
  • AS Unit 1 Exam ‘Aspects of Narrative’ , studying a range of texts - currently the poetry of Robert Browning and Christina Rossetti; the short story collection, ‘Dubliners’ by James Joyce and the novel, ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini
  • AS Unit 2 Coursework Unit ,‘Dramatic Genres’. Currently focusing on tragedy but changing to comedy from September 2012. Students study one Shakespeare and one modern play, and see at least one performance at the theatre.
  • A2 Unit 3 Exam, ‘Texts and Genres’ , focusing on Gothic Literature, studying a range of texts , in particular ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley, ‘Dracula’ By Bram Stoker and Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
  • A2 Unit 4 Coursework Unit ,’Further and Independent Reading’ – as the title suggests, a chance for students to focus on their particular area of interest. Students complete two pieces – one comparative and the other a reading of a text from a critical viewpoint.

As can be seen from the above this is a very varied and interesting course which offers students every opportunity to broaden and develop their love of English Literature!

Facilities & Equipment

The English Department have 8 specialist rooms each with an interactive whiteboard, a digital projector and class sets of various print based resources. Two of the rooms have been equipped with computers and teachers have access to a number of digital video/still cameras. We also have a wide selection of audio-visual equipment and resources.








CAR - Tara Cardall

1.6 Head Of English
LG - Louise Grant 3.3

Head of Media

Second in English:

KS3 Curriculum

KS3 Assessment

LD - Laura Davies 3.4

Second in English

KS3 intervention

Accelerated Reader

KJ - Kerry Jones 1.5 Leader of KS5
LB - Lindsey Barnes 3.6 English
JB - James Brookes 1.4 English/Media
HB - Helen Burrows   Assistant Headteacher/English
SC - Sam Casey 2.4 English
LC- Lisa Curran   English
LF - Liam Fitzpatrick 3.5 English/Drama
CL - Catherine Lynch 2.4 English
EM - Liz McKeown 1.7 English
NS - Nicola Stimson 1.10 English/Music
VS - Verity Yeomans English Office Faculty TA


Outside the Classroom

We are very proud of our exam results and strive each year to maintain and improve them. In 2014, 83% of pupils achieved A*- C in English Language - our highest results ever! At KS5 our pass rate was 100%.



The Catholic Partnership Debate

A Midsummer Night’s Dream- Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Birthplace- Stratford-Upon- Avon

Literacy Parent Workshops

Accelerated Reader Workshops


Theatre Productions



Of Mice and Men

The Importance of Being Earnest

A Christmas Carol

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 






We are very proud of our exam results and strive each year to maintain and improve them. In 2011, 72% of pupils achieved A*- C in English Language, and 74% of pupils gained A*-C in English Literature - our highest results ever! At KS5 our pass rate was 100%.