Welcome to English

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The English department is committed to raising standards. Students are pushed hard to achieve their target grades and as a result aspirations have risen and students want to succeed.

Curriculum overview

  • Years 7-10: Four lessons per week
  • In the spring of Year 8, students choose the options subjects they will take from Year 9 to Year 11. Students and their families are guided through this process through taster lessons, assemblies, our options online guide and a special options information evening. We support all students to choose subjects they will enjoy and which they will succeed in, and which will unlock future opportunities.
  • Year 11: Five lessons per week as students prepare for their exams. All students take both English Language and English Literature. 

Qualifications entered in Year 11

GCSE English Language (AQA)
GCSE English Literature (AQA)

Topics covered


The English Department encourages students to develop a love for reading through close work with our excellent Library.

In addition, staff from the support student journalists in Radio Club and to take part in Debate Mate. 

Reading lists

Download the list below for books for Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and a list for boys in Years 7, 8 & 9.