In English we aim to create an atmosphere where students develop their curiosity and enjoy taking an active part in their lessons. Through exploring texts to examine how meaning is created, we want to develop confident speakers, reflective readers and fluent, accurate and imaginative writers. We have a clear focus on literacy skills and use assessment to give our students individual targets focusing on what they need to do to improve. The teachers in the English department are all subject specialists who have a passion for the subject and a love of teaching. There is close liaison with the Learning support department to identify and provide support for those who need it.

Extra-curricular activities and visits:

We have a varied and interesting programme of author visits and strong links with Lancashire Book of the Year run by the library service. We encourage students to take part in a Book week where they participate in a range of activities, including a sponsored read for charity. In addition, there is a popular school magazine produced every term where students are able to take on different roles in photography, writing or editing. There are also opportunities to see plays both in school with visiting companies or trips to the theatre.


English is taught in six designated classrooms based around the Learning Resource Centre. We enjoy a wide range of resources including class readers, computers and a librarian.


Students are assessed in reading and writing. Continuous assessment is used to level pupils throughout the course. Students are set targets at the end of key pieces of work and given the opportunity work on these targets before revisiting that particular skill.

Schemes of Work: Hyperlink to SoW

Year 7 course:

In Year 7 students study a wide range of reading texts including fiction and non-fiction. They are introduced to the school library and are regularly encouraged to read independently. In class they also study a class reader usually one each term. Work is completed on: plot, character, setting and writers’ choices in language. They are taught a range of reading skills such as close reading, inference and deduction as well as skimming and scanning.

In writing students are taught capital letters, full stops, commas as well as using paragraphs for different purposes. A range of sentences are covered in order to make their work more fluent and interesting to the reader. They write a variety of pieces including descriptions, leaflets, reviews and advertisements. The work covers a range of writing for different audience and purpose. Editing and proofreading skills are taught and pupils focus on improving their own and their peers’ writing.

In speaking and listening students look at what makes effective group work. They prepare work in groups, pairs and individually and then research and present a talk which is peer marked. By the end of the year they present their ideas to the class on the topic of theme parks.

Year 8 course:

In year 8 students study a wider range of more complex reading texts including brochures, travel writing, newspaper articles, web pages, poetry, short stories as well as a class reader.

In writing students are given opportunity to write at length on creative writing. They look at layout, presentation and persuasive techniques to write a travel brochure. Local issues beyond the classroom are used as stimulus for their writing. In looking at poetry, the students analyse structure, form and language in poetry and develop their own poetry anthology. After looking at formal and informal writing and the differences between speech and writing, students write letters for different audience and purpose.

In speaking and listening, a range of activities in groups, individual and pairs is covered, including poetry performance. Towards the end of the year, they take part in a whole class role play.

Year 9 course:

In year 9 all students study a play by Shakespeare, researching the social, historical background, before examining part of the play in more depth. They further develop their analytical skills and learn how to use quotations. Following reading campaign material, students look at how the writer uses language to affect the reader.

In writing they experiment with a range narrative structures and write a story. They put a leaflet together on a campaign they have been involved with.

In speaking and listening students prepare a presentation on Shakespeare’s time in an original and creative way trying to involve their peers. They further explore the play through dramatic devices such as dramatic monologue and hot seating. Towards the end of the year they present a persuasive speech connected to their campaign.

Year 10 & Year 11 course:

G.C.S.E. English Language.

Paper 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

  • Exam:1 hour 45 minutes
  • Weighting: 40%

Section A (20%) – Reading

  • 20th century prose extract assessed through a range of structured questions.

Section B (20%) – -Prose writing

  • One creative writing task.
  • Choice of 4 titles.

Paper 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

  • Exam:2 hours
  • Weighting: 60%
  • Section A (30%) – Reading
  • Understanding of two extracts of high quality non-fiction writing, one 19th century and one 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions
  • Section B (30%) – Writing
  • Two transactional/persuasive writing tasks

Spoken language

Non exam
Not weighted

  • One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback
  • Mark will be reported as part of qualification, but not form part of final mark and grade.

G.C.S.E. English Literature

Paper 1

Exam: 2 hours

Weighting : 40%

Section A (20%) Shakespeare

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • One extract question and one essay question based on the reading of a Shakespeare text from the above prescribed list.
  • Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) Poetry from 1789 to the present day

  • Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison.
  • Learners are not permitted to take a copy of the anthology into the examination.

Paper 2

Time: 2 hrs 3O minutes
Weighting: 60%

Section A (20%) Post-1914 Prose/Drama

  • Blood Brothers (Russell)
  • One source-based question on a post 1914 prose/drama text from the above prescribed list.
  • Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.
  • Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose
  • A Christmas Carol (Dickens)
  • One source-based question on a 19th century prose text from the above prescribed list.
  • Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.
  • Section C (20%) Unseen Poetry from the 20th/21st Century

Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.