Key stage 3 English should excite, enthuse and build upon the numerous skills taught at key stage 2. A love of reading is fostered and continually promoted through various schemes of works and reading projects over the three year course. This prepares pupils for the rigours of GCSE English Language and English Literature.

Writing, both fiction and non-fiction, allows students to explore the world of literature, current affairs and historical periods in time. Pupils will be taught how to write in a range of contexts, utilising a variety of structural and linguistic devices to enhance their technical ability.

Standard English and a sound understanding of correct grammar and punctuation will be at the forefront of all writing tasks. All students are reminded of the importance of drafting/ redrafting work and amending work when mistakes have been made. Spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught in all units of work, both explicitly and implicitly.

Guest speakers, poets and writers are invited in at all key stages  to showcase different reading and writing skills to students, allowing students to experiment with language and form.

Students are also actively involved in various writing competitions throughout the year, including the famous BBC 500 words competition.

The use of Standard English is encouraged and developed during writing tasks, speaking and listening activities and within the classroom setting during general discussions.


Ms Amy Hayes: Head of Department

Ms Patricia Shinks: Key Stage 4 Coordinator

Mr Kris Mansfield: Key Stage 3 Coordinator (English and Film Studies teacher)

Mr Rae Clark: Literacy Coordinator

Mr Phil Green

Ms Katherine Griffin

Ms Sara Richardson

Ms Eithne McCrory (English and Film Studies teacher)

Ms Catherine Flaherty: Deputy Headteacher

Ms Kerry Lindop: Assistant Headteacher

Ms Sue McDonald: SEN Coordinator



Out of Hours Activities:

English Study Club: every night Monday to Thursday in E5/E7

Film Club: Friday lunch time in E7

Reading and Writing Club: Monday lunch time in E5.

Accelerated Reading Club: every lunch time in the library.

Debating and Public Speaking Society: (days TBC)

Drama and Performing Arts Club: Thursday lunch time in E3

Department Website Links:


English Learning Journey 2020/21


English Google Classroom (KS4): egbovin (this has lots of fantastic resources, practice papers etc)

English Google Classroom (KS3): e2trove (lots of ‘working from home’ booklets and resources are on here.) – see Miss Hayes for username/password (British Library)


Resources from the National Literacy Trust for pupils and parents

The following resources from the National Literacy Trust will prove useful to parents of pupils educating and reading at home during the lockdown:

Words for Life (for ages 0 – 12):
Virtual School Library:
Zone In (for ages 13+)


Curriculum Maps

Term One

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Term Two

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13