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The twenty first century demands that we have students who are confident with the English language - confident at writing, confident at speaking and confident at reading. The primary aim of the English Department is for us to nurture students to achieve their full potential in all of these areas - developing their skills as active readers, writers and speakers of English.

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar SOWs; the non-fictional Roald Dahl collection; the fictional Skellig; a variety of other extracts including Shakespeare to comment on different narrative perspectives.

The fictional Holes and Stone Cold; the Cult of Celebrity:  persuasive writing, including speaking and listening; the Moving Image.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

English Language:  Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing; Writers' viewpoints and perspectives across literary and non-literary texts 19th to 21st century

English Literature:  Shakespeare's Macbeth, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Lord of the Flies are our fictional texts.  Our poetry anthology is:  AQA Love and Relationships (Cluster 1).

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13

English Language: Context and identity of language, childhood acquisition of language, investigating language and coursework: crafting language.

English Literature:
Drama: A Streetcar Named Desire by T. Williams and King Lear by Shakespeare
Prose: Wuthering Heights by E.Bronte and A Thousand Splendid Suns by K.Hosseni
Poetry : Post-2000 Poems of the Decade
Victorian poet:  Christina Rossetti
Coursework:  A two-text comparative piece of writing (free choice)