English Staff

Mrs S Cross Teacher of English
Mr T Curran Teacher of English
Mrs A Farnan Teacher of English
Mrs I Griffiths Curriculum Leader of English


Aims of the English Department
  1. (a) To stimulate and maintain pupils' interest and enjoyment of English. To create an atmosphere where pupils wish to learn, and in which they come to enjoy English because they are active and enthusiastic participants in lessons. To enable each pupil to fulfil their potential in a variety of situations, and to use all available resources to ensure the highest level of achievement and success..

    (b) To develop the habit of reading and encourage pupils to value reading as a pleasure and as an important skill for life.
  2. (a) To enable pupils to use the vocabulary, structures and grammar of standard English fluently and accurately.

    (b) By exposing pupils to a wide range of material (literary texts, literary non-fiction, print and ICT-based information and reference texts, media and moving image texts), we aim to enable pupils to see English as:

    ◊ vital part of our culture;
    ◊ an essential part of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
  3. (a) To enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, initiative, confidence and independence.

    (b) To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities, so that English contributes to the development of core skills such as literacy, numeracy and ICT.
  4. (a) To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, or academic ability) to have equal access to English and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.

    (b) To value each individual and encourage pupils to recognise the worthiness of others. In doing so, to encourage empathy, so that each pupil approaches issues of race, gender and ability with tolerance and insight.
  5. (a) To develop an awareness in pupils of the implications of English (past and present) for the individual and the local, national and international communities.

    (b) To allow pupils to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments free from prejudicial intolerance.

    (c) To foster and encourage a lasting enjoyment and appreciation of literature from a variety of cultures and traditions.

    (d) To encourage pupils to consider critically the way language is used and abused by writers and the media and to develop the ability to analyse, evaluate and discriminate this use of language.

Key Stage 3 - Yrs 7 - 9


Key Stage 4 - GCSE

Yr 10 and Year 11 GCSE English (for examination from 2017)

For details of new English Language and English Literature courses, please click here

Links to external sites:
AQA Resource Zone
GCSE.com - English

Key Stage 5 - 'A' Level

Course Type: A Level                          

Exam Board: AQA Specification A

Course Outline:

By studying literature you will become expert at reading and responding to a wide variety of texts, interpreting, analysing, gathering and assessing evidence and working independently and creatively. In the world beyond school, especially at work, we are bombarded with texts; the skills that you will learn, therefore, including those of powerful and effective communication, are highly valued by employers.

Entry Requirements:

Students who have a proven ability and achieved a Grade B or higher at GCSE English Language or English Literature will obviously be at an advantage. Those who have achieved a Grade C at GCSE Level should take into consideration whether they have the aptitude to cope with the demands of the course.  This is something students should discuss with their English teacher.  Students must be prepared to commit to one hour of supervised reading time per week, in addition to the regular teaching time for this subject.


AS Level
Paper 1: Love through the ages: Shakespeare and poetry
Study of two texts: one Shakespeare play and one AQA anthology of love poetry through the ages (pre-1900 or post-1900)
• written exam: 1 hour and 30 mins • closed book • 50% of AS Level


Paper 2:  Literary Genres: Prose
Study of two prose texts.
Examination will also include an unseen prose extract.
• written exam: 1 hour and 30 mins • open book
• 50% of AS level

A Level
Paper 1: Love through the ages
As AS Level but worth 40% of A-level
Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts
Choice of two options: WW1 and its aftermath or Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day.
Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000.
Examination will include an unseen extract.
• Written exam: 2 hours and 30 mins • Open book • 40% of A-level
Non-exam assessment: Theory and independence
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900.
One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography
• 20% of A-level
• Assessed by teachers
Progression Opportunities: 

English Literature is a highly regarded A Level that can take students onto almost any course of study. It is an essential choice for students considering an English degree, but would be a good option for students considering humanities subjects, languages or law. It could lead onto many careers, the most obvious of which are law, journalism, teaching, business management and publishing.