Key Stage 3


Year 7

The central pillars of our department’s philosophy are the delivery of progression, continuity, challenge and support to all pupils across the ability range.

We believe in the teaching of English skills through a variety of units that engage, stretch and embed progress. Each year, pupils explore non-fiction, prose, poetry and drama as well as working on discrete units that develop their technical facility with language.

In Year 7, pupils engage in a creative writing unit, the novella A Christmas Carol, the novel Wonder, a themed poetry collection, non-fiction based themed work and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils engage in a persuasion unit, culminating in a formal debate, poetry from other cultures, Romeo and Juliet, the novel The Lord of the Flies as well as the play version of Frankenstein.

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils study the novel Of Mice and Men, Sherlock Holmes short stories, creative writing, themed poetry and non-fiction.

Key Stage 4

"Why study English? You develop the insight of an artist, the precision of a scientist and the persuasiveness of a lawyer.”

The two separate IGCSEs are delivered by the same teacher and all pupils will follow the CIE IGCSE syllabi for both English Language and English Literature. This will provide the opportunity to study a range of excellent fiction and non-fiction.

IGCSE First Language English will be examined at the end of Year 10 while English Literature will be examined at the end of Year 11.

CIE First Language English - Eligible for grades 9-1

Paper 2 Examination: (Reading Passages - extended) 50% of IGCSE.

Question 1: Extended Response - Candidates write about 250–350 words, responding in one of the following text types: letter, report, journal, speech, interview, newspaper report or magazine article.

Question 2: Language question – students analyse how writers achieve particular effects

Question 3: Summary - Candidates write their summary as continuous writing of no more than 250 words.

Paper 4 Coursework (Three extended writing assignments) 50% of IGCSE

Candidates submit a portfolio of three assignments, each of about 500–800 words.

Assignment 1: informative, analytical and/or argumentative

Assignment 2: descriptive and/or narrative

Assignment 3: a response to a text or texts of approximately two sides of A4 in total, chosen by the Centre. The text(s) should contain facts, opinions and arguments. Candidates respond by selecting, analysing and evaluating the content of the text(s). They may write in any appropriate form they wish.

Different candidates in the same teaching set may choose to respond to different text(s) and/or in different forms.

CIE English Literature - Eligible for grades 9-1

Paper 1 Examination (Poetry and Prose): 50% of IGCSE.

Section A: The poetry of Gillian Clarke

Section B: A selection of short stories from the Cambridge anthology: Stories of Ourselves

Paper 3 Drama (Open text): 25% of IGCSE.


Component 5 (Coursework): 25% of IGCSE.

Candidates submit a portfolio of two assignments (600–1200 words each). Each assignment should be based on the study of one complete text. One assignment will be based on Macbeth, the other on a selection of poetry.

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