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  • Mr W Fali (Subject Leader of English)
  • Mr J Young ( Assistant Principal)
  • Ms D Alsop (Second in Charge and English Teacher)
  • Mr S Druker (Lead Practitioner and English Teacher)
  • Ms L Gregory (English Teacher)
  • Ms D Duncan (English Teacher)
  • Mr N Pepper (English Teacher) 
  • Miss E Wright-Nash (English Teacher) 

The English department inspires originality and encourages students to explores more sophisticated ways of communicating and expressing themselves.  Through the study of fiction, poetry, plays, and non-fiction from across a wide range of sources, students develop reading, writing, and communication skills.  The English department thrives to enhance the unique qualities all of our students possess in order to allow all students to achieve their full potential in English.  Our department aims to teach students to understand that all forms of literature and communication have a place in a modern and historical context.

English at KS3:

English Lessons are compulsory in Key Stage 3, and students receive 8 periods over a two-week timetable.  The English department follows a Curriculum map which is very varied and aims to expose the students a range of essential and varied texts. Our Curriculum Map is a theme lead, ensuring we offer our students the opportunity to study texts that are broad and varied. In Years 7 and 8 English students study novels, authors, short stories, poetry and plays, and non-fiction texts including Shakespeare and other pre-20th-century writers from the English Literary Heritage. Students are taught to write in a range of styles for different audiences and purposes.  They are stimulated to become self-confident and fluent speakers and good listeners. Our key stage 3 curriculum is designed to form a strong foundation for the GCSE Literature and GCSE Language examinations.

English at KS4:

All students study English Literature and English Language, and students are normally entered for both GCSE English and GCSE English Literature.  Attainment is high at both GCSE’s and students are set challenging targets and work across yr9 – 11 to prepare them for successful GCSE entry.

For more details on the GCSE Courses please see the GCSE subpage. 


Homework is generally set once a week. The English teachers’ objectives are to focus on a reading and writing skills.  Teachers will try to ensure that homework forms part of the classwork or in preparation for subsequent English lessons. Homework is very often differentiated according to the ability of the pupils.  We aim to challenge pupils at all levels and abilities.


  • Interactive whiteboards in all classrooms
  • AV equipment and internet access in all classrooms
  • Networking relationships with other schools
  • All students have the use of Chromebooks, which can be used as part of the  learning during the English lesson or for work that needs to be completed at home. 
  • All students have access to an online reading application called SORA.
  • ​We use Google Classroom systematically to provide work for students in school and at home.

Year 11s also have access to our English Department website which is full of exam hints/tips and guides. 

English Revision Site

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities: 

The department runs a number of theatre trips throughout the year groups, depending upon the texts that students are studying.

We also work closely with the Library and help to organize events such as World Book Day, Book Day Quizzes, and Reading Challenges and awards.  

The department also runs Year 11 intervention sessions after school each week. 


For more information please email the Head of Department

GCSE English Literature and Language

Examination Qualification: GCSE
Examination Board: AQA
Tiers of Entry: Single

Note: this course is 100% exam, there is no controlled assessment or coursework. Students cannot take copies of the texts they have studied in the exam.

The Bonus Pastor English department is dedicated to ensuring pupils make greater than expected progress in the subject of English. We uphold and display the values of the School and encourage the pupils to also be courageous at every possible opportunity within our subject area. Our aim is to deliver ten outstanding lessons to every pupil in years 10 and 11 over a two-week timetable.  The role played by support staff in the progress of our pupils is valued highly.  We maintain strong links with all stakeholders involved with the achievement of our pupils in English.

Course Content and Assessment

More information can be found on the AQA website below.


English Language

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing

1 hour 45-minute written exam

80 marks

50% of language GCSE

Section A Reading: analysis of one fiction text

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Section B Writing: descriptive or narrative writing

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content + 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

1 hour 45-minute written exam

80 marks

50% of language GCSE

Section A Reading: analysis of one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text – two linked texts

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8 marks, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Section B Writing: writing to present a viewpoint

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content + 16 marks for technical accuracy)

English Literature 

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

1 hour 45 minute written exam

64 marks

40% of literature GCSE

Section A Shakespeare: Students will answer one question on Macbeth. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B 19th century novel: Students will answer one question on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry

2 hour 15 minute written exam

96 marks

60% of literature GCSE

Section A Modern texts: Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on the play An Inspector Calls.

Section B Poetry: Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and the other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.


Revision Guides are available to order from the English department. We offer revision guides for ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ / ‘An Inspector Calls’ / ’Macbeth’ /’Power and Conflict Poetry’

We also have revision guides for English Language- reading and writing

More information can be from the following websites:

  • British Library resources
  • bl.uk/discovering-literature
  • Bl.uk/learning
  • Bl.uk/world-war-one 
  • Bl.uk/Victorian-Britain 


Once pupils have completed their GCSEs they have the opportunity to explore the following progression options. 

Please, note pupils, need to achieve a minimum of a Grade 4 in order not to be required to re-sit at their Furth Education provider, and many providers will require a Grade 5 or above to study certain subjects such as History, Law and English A Levels. 

  • BTECs (level 3)
  • A-Levels
  • Technical Baccalaureate


  • Digital Copywriter
  • Editorial Assistant
  • English as a Foreign Language teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Publishing 
  • Schoolteacher
  • Web content manager
  • Writer 

Find out more below:


For more details, please email the Head of Department.

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Subject Documents Date  
KS3 English Overview 21st Jun 2020 Download
GCSE English Overview 21st Jun 2020 Download