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English Curriculum


Key Stage 3 aims to capture students’ passion for English and reading, whilst developing their skills for their GCSE.

Throughout the two years students will study a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to develop their ability to read and interpret information, but to also feedback into their own creative writing.

Across the two year curriculum, students study and analyse a variety of 19th Century and modern extracts including: Frankenstein, Dracula, Oliver Twist, Noughts and Crosses, Northern Lights and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Students are given the opportunity to analyse other writer’s work and develop their own writing style with different schemes on creative and non-fiction writing. During their KS3 learning, students will study both English Literature and Language skills and topics.


In GCSE English Language, students study and analyse a variety of 19th Century and modern extracts and develop their ability to write imaginatively, creatively and for given audience, purposes and in different forms.

In GCSE English Literature, students study a 19th Century Novel, a Shakespeare play, a Post 1914 Play/Novel and a collection of poetry. Students will be able to read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding.


For A Level English Literature, students study the novels Frankenstein and The Handmaid’s Tale alongside a range of modern poetry from Poems of the Decade and poems of Christina Rossetti, and two plays: Othello and A Streetcar Named Desire. Students compare two texts of their choice for coursework.

In A Level English Language, students have the opportunity to analyse and critique a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, considering the underlying power behind or within discourse and compare the way that learners read and write. Their coursework allows for the creation of two original texts.

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