Students in Key Stage 3 and 4 follow the National Curriculum in English. A range of text types and topics are studied including poetry, prose, drama, non-fiction and digital texts.
Students explore modern, pre-twentieth century and world literature; including work from important writers in the English Literary Heritage such as William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens; and high-quality modern writers such as Children’s Laureates Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman.
Students explore the features of creative and transactional text types and learn to use spoken and written language to communicate using forms to match different purposes and audiences.
Progression in reading is supported by use of the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme which students access in pastoral time. This is a national reading intervention programme designed to increase motivation and reading ages.
Students in Key Stage 4 work towards externally recognised qualifications. Accreditation opportunities include GCSE English Literature and Language, Entry Level Certificate in English, and Functional Skills in English.