English, as a subject, underpins access to the curriculum across the Academy and at every Key Stage.


Equally, studying English allows students to develop into independent young people and adults who are empowered in their interactions in daily life. Students need to master communication through Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening, but they also deserve to have access to the wealth of learning; the different perspectives on society across different time periods and the personal exploration that the study of literature affords. It is with this in mind that we have crafted our Key Stage 3 curriculum.

The curriculum is designed around three key fundamentals: mastery of core skills; engagement with texts as readers; creating writers who are playful with language. We build on the strong foundations our students enter with from Key Stage2, maximising on the writing skills that they arrive with and helping them to bridge the gap between Key Stage 2 and 4 reading and analysis skills.



We immerse our students in challenging texts that act as an introduction to literature. We study texts from a range of time periods to develop the concept of different audiences and to challenge students to see the universality of texts and we expect students to engage with these texts on a personal level as well as honing their abilities to write about the text as a construct for an audience.

We see our students as writers and, as writers, they need to know the conventions of texts before they can begin to experiment and craft. Our students study a variety of quality non-fiction and fiction texts, from the nineteenth century and sixteenth century onwards respectively, exploring the writers’ aims and how they have been crafted. Students then emulate these style models and become increasingly confident writers ready to embark upon their Key Stage 4 journey.

Our staff have a passion for the subject that they teach; they challenge students through quality texts, explicit modelling, questioning, and the creation of risk-taking (partly through utilising approaches from our work with the RSC) and reflective classrooms.

We want our students to be:
  • Reflective and creative planners
  • Self-reflective editors of their own work
  • Thoughtful language selectors
  • Thoughtful readers
  • Able to identify how a writer creates meaning
  • Able to analyse how meaning is created in texts
  • Able to explore how texts might affect different readers

We will support our students outside of the classroom by:
  • Providing a vocabulary curriculum homework to run alongside our lessons
  • Offering a weekly lunchtime support session
  • Offering a Sports Journalism Writing enrichment
  • Offering our students experiences with authors and poets as available


English at Key Stage 4 & 5
In English we offer both Language GCSE and Literature GCSE to all our students. These courses develop the students’ abilities in both reading and writing, as well as exposing them to literary texts. After Key Stage 4 you might go into the Sixth Form to study 'A' Levels in English Language or English Literature, courses which develop analytical skills and critical writing.

Department Staff
Staff Role
Mrs S Colabella Head of Department
Ms K Carey Lead Practioner
Miss K Groom KS3 Co-ordinator
Mrs S Merritt KS4 Co-ordinator
Mr C Ball Teacher of English / Head of Year
Mrs S Simpson Teacher of English
Mrs J Glancey Teacher of English
Mrs S Latham Teacher of English
Mrs S Lambert Teacher of English
Mr M Dunning Teacher of English
Miss V Greer Teacher of English
Mr T Smith Teacher of English
Mr C Stevens Teacher of English
Mrs M Peacock Teacher of English
Mrs B Whiting English Support
Ms V Clements Learning Mentor for English