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The Team 

Staff Member 


Email Address 

Mrs J Dewey 

Curriculum Leader for English and Media 

Miss D Steel 

English Teacher and Head of Media Studies 

Miss M Rye 

English Teacher and Literacy  


Miss D Lancefield 

Academy Principal and English Teacher 

Miss E JohnsonSenior Vice Principal and English

Mrs J Cartland 

English Teacher 

Mrs C Dodson 

English Teacher 

Mrs L Davis 

English Teacher 

Miss F Giles 

English and Media Teacher 

Miss A Mobin

English Teacher 


The English team strive to share our passion for the subject with all our students. We are dedicated to encouraging the development of individuality, creativity and the love of language and literature. The curriculum is designed to provide experiences for developing thinking and creative skills and to promote a culture of writing and reading for knowledge and pleasure. 


Key Stage 3 

The key stage 3 curriculum aims to expose students to a wide range of interesting and engaging literary reading over years 7, 8 and 9. Students will be given opportunities to use these resources as inspiration to produce a variety of texts of their own, exploring writing in a variety of styles and to suit different audiences and purposes.  


Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 7 

Novel- ‘Prince of Mist’ and imaginative writing. 


Poetry from other Cultures and Traditions.  

Non-Fiction – types and conventions. 

Genre: Childhood (pre and post 1900) with a focus on the work of Charles Dickens. 

Imaginative writing 

An introduction to Shakespeare with a focus on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. 

Speaking and Listening – dramatic presentation 

Year 8 

Novel – ‘Martyn Pig’ and imaginative writing. 


Poetry – outsiders and isolation. 

Non-Fiction – Social issues. 

Genre – Gothic Literature (pre and post 1900) with a focus on the work of Edgar Alan Poe. 

Imaginative writing. 

Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth’.  

Speaking and Listening - debate 

Year 9 

Novel – ‘Of Mice and Men’ and imaginative writing. 


Poetry - Protest. 

Non-Fiction linked by ideas and theme. 

Genre – Science Fiction (pre and post 1900) with a focus on the work of HG Wells. 

Shakespeare – ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Speaking and Listening – speeches.  


Key Stage 4 


At Key Stage 4 the students further develop the skills and knowledge they acquired at Key Stage 3.  They study an extensive range of fiction and non-fiction texts.  Students are provided with opportunities to develop their analytical and evaluative skills. They are encouraged to express their thoughts and develop a personal response to the work. 

Students explore and develop their writing skills in interesting and engaging imaginative and transactional writing activities. At the end of year 11, students take two GCSEs: one in English Language and the other in English Literature.   


Exam Board: English Language – Edexcel/Pearson     English Literature: AQA 

Link to Specification: English Language: 

English Literature:  


Future Careers:  Success in English is a requirement for many careers and for progression into further and higher education.  The ability to communicate clearly and confidently through writing and speaking is vital in most occupations, as is the need to read with understanding and write to suit audience and purpose.  These skills are developed through the English curriculum and will provide a basis for students to pursue a wide range of careers and educational opportunities.  



Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 10 

Shakespeare: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. 

Transactional writing. 


Poetry: Power and Conflict *1 including unseen 

Reading and responding to Non-Fiction Texts. 

19th Century text: ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ *1 

Imaginative writing 


19th Century text: ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ *2 

Reading and understanding 19th Century fiction. 

Year 11 

2020-2021 only COVID adjustment: 

Finish ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ 

Re-cap Macbeth 

Unseen Poetry*1 

Paper 2 skills: Reading Non-fiction and transactional writing. 



20th Century Text - ‘An Inspector Calls’. 

Paper 2 skills: Reading Non-fiction and transactional writing. 





2020-2021 only COVID adjustment 

20th Century text: ‘An Inspector Calls’ 

Unseen Poetry *2 

Paper 1 skills – 19th Century fiction and imaginative writing 





Poetry: Power and Conflict*2 including unseen 

Paper 1 skills – 19th century fiction and imaginative writing 



Revision: Literature  


Revision: Language 

Final revision prior to exam 


Key Stage 5 

At Key Stage 5, students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of English Literature. The course provides a wide variety of texts to study and students are encouraged to further develop their love and analytical understanding of Literature through personal study and independently produced pieces of coursework.  


Exam Board: AQA English Literature B A Level 


Link to Specification: 


Future Careers:  As a subject of great versatility, students interested in a career in all aspects of media (television, radio and print), teaching, librarianship, law, advertising, public relations among many other careers, should consider choosing English Literature for A Level study. 



Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 12 

Introduction to Tragedy. 

Study of ‘Othello’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’ 


‘Othello’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’ 

Critical anthology.  

Poetry of Keats 

Critical anthology. 

NEA (coursework) prose. 

Introduction to elements of crime. 

Year 13 

2020-2021 COVID adjustment: complete prose coursework (critical anthology); Consolidation of understanding of ‘Brighton Rock’ studied during lockdown. 

Browning’s poetry 

Read and study ‘Atonement’ 


Elements of Crime:  study ‘Atonement’ and ‘Brighton Rock’ 

Coursework - poetry 




2020-2021 – COVID adjustment 

Complete poetry coursework (critical anthology) 

Study poetry of  Crabbe and Wilde 








Complete study of ‘Atonement and Brighton Rock’ 

Poetry : Browning 

Revision of aspects of tragedy course 


Revision of elements of crime course 










Poetry of Crabbe and Wilde. 

Revision of both Aspects of Tragedy and Elements of Crime courses 

Final revision 














Final revision 

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