Academic Information



  • To enable all pupils to develop to the full, their ability to use and understand English, both written and spoken across the curriculum, allowing access to a wide range of experience and expression of their ideas, views and opinions

  • To foster pupils’ appreciation and enjoyment of literature

  • To promote the individual’s self-awareness and confidence through successful and enjoyable language use

  • To help pupils understand themselves and the world around them, encouraging active learning and self-expression


Mrs L Warren
Miss S Carson
Mrs L Farr
Mrs D Scullion
Miss L Trainor
Mrs L Williamson

Key Stage 3

All pupils study English at Key Stage 3. The department makes use of ICT including multimedia in the delivery of an exciting curriculum. The skills required at GCSE are introduced and developed throughout Key Stage 3.

Topic studied include:

  • Year 8 – All about Me; The study of written Language “Holes” by Louis Sachar; The study of Spoken Language; Shakespeare – An introduction (“Julius Caesar”) The study of the Media – Film Posters; the study of Non-Fiction and creative writing.

  • Year 9- Heroes; The study of written Language “Private Peaceful” by Michael Morpurgo; The study of Spoken Language; Shakespeare – “Romeo and Juliet”; The study of the Media – Comic Covers; the study of Non-Fiction and creative writing.

  • Year 10 – Social Media; The study of written language (Drama) “Blood Brothers” by Willy Russell; The study of spoken language; The Study of Shakespeare – “The Merchant of Venice”; The study of the Media – DVD covers; the study of Non-Fiction and an introduction “Of Mice and Men”.

Key Stage 4

All pupils study the CCEA GCSE English Language specification which is comprised of four units:

  • Unit1: Personal Writing and Reading Multi-Modal Texts (an external examination worth 20% of the GCSE)

  • Unit 2: Functional Writing and Reading Non-Fiction (an external examination worth 20% of the GCSE)

  • Unit 3: Speaking and Listening (a controlled assessment unit worth 20%)

  • Unit 4: Studying Spoken and Written Language (a controlled assessment unit worth 40%)

CCEA GCSE English Literature is offered to selected English groupings. This specification is comprised of three units:

  • Unit 1: Exam (1 Hour) in June (25% of GCSE)The Study of Prose - "Of Mice and Men"

  • Unit 2: Exam (2 hours) The study of Drama (Blood Brothers) and Poetry (Theme of Nature and War) (50% of GCSE)

  • Controlled assessment: Two tasks, 25% of GCSE (texts Macbeth and Lord of the Flies* [*novel may change])

Post 16

Any pupil who does not achieve a grade C in English Language by the end of year 12 is given the opportunity to re-sit the CCEA GCSE or work towards the Cambridge iGCSE in English Language.

Skills Developed

  • Communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

  • Time management

  • Working with others

  • ICT skills

  • Managing information

  • Reading for pleasure


  • The media

  • Sales and marketing

  • Lawyer

  • Teacher

  • Civil service

  • Writer

  • A recognised qualification in English is required for almost every career

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