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Studying English is vital for success at school and success in life. English lets us access the learning in all other subjects and is crucial for the workplace and understanding our rights and responsibilities in society.

More than this, English enriches our cultural lives. Through English we explore the themes of our lives and come to better understand alternative points of view. Through imagination and inspiration we can find meaning and beauty.


About English Literature and English Language GCSE
Curriculum Overview

GCSE English Language

The course draws upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engages with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. There are opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes. 

GCSE English Literature

This course develops knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Through literature, students develop culturally and acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written. Studying GCSE English Literature encourages reading widely for pleasure, and is essential preparation for studying literature at a higher level.

KS3 (Year 7 – Year 9)

What we learn in KS3 English

In years 7-9 we focus on the core English skills of reading, writing, language and speaking & listening. We build on achievements in Key Stage 2 to develop breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and understanding.

Each year explores English in a wide range of contexts including stories, poems, scripts, adverts, talks and many more. This thorough preparation is the foundation for success in the Year 9 end of Key Stage tasks, tests and assignments.

The English curriculum at KS3 is designed to support taking GCSE and Vocational courses at KS4.

Year 7 English Curriculum Map
Year 8 English Curriculum Map

Supporting your Child with English

Supporting your child with English