Mrs R. Carney-Fell – Subject Lead English

Learning in English

We will encourage students to develop a life-long passion for English in all its forms. Through the beauty and power of language, we will inspire and foster inquisitive minds that look within and beyond the realm of their experiences. Students will be given a range of opportunities to become skilled in the art of reading, writing and communication, enabling them to articulate effectively and overcome any potential barriers to future success.


Key Stage 4

Our KS4 pupils follow the AQA syllabus for study in English Language and Literature. This course combines the study of reading and writing and speaking and listening. During the course all pupils will be expected to challenge themselves and have high aspirations for attainment. Progress is monitored and all pupils are expected to actively engage with the wide variety of resources which are used to unlock their potential.

Homework at KS4 is used to consolidate learning.

The English Language exam includes:

  • Explorations in creative reading and writing
  • Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

The English Literature exam includes:

  • Exploring modern texts
  • Poetry across time
  • The significance of Shakespeare and the English literary heritage

Cultural Experiences


The English Faculty and staff provide many extra-curricular experiences: Youth Speaks – a public speaking competition in which our pupils have performed admirably; theatre trips; the Heritage Fair; World Book Day special events; whole school reading sessions of short stories; ‘Who is the Reader?’ competitions; a creative writing club and many hours of extra
support for pupils after school in their studies.

KS3 Curriculum Map


KS4 Curriculum Map