Our aim is to enable students to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and to facilitate and encourage an accurate and imaginative use of language. Through the exploration of a wide range of literary texts and the use of language in many contexts, we help students to master the essential tools of communication and to learn to think for themselves. 

In the English Department, we aim to provide a diverse curriculum at KS3 that will allow students to explore a wealth of English Literature whilst covering key writing skills and preparing students for the rigours of the GCSE curriculum when they enter year 10. Each year, students will study a variety of topics, which will include: 2 whole-class novels, 19th century literature, poetry and Shakespeare, as well as sources drawn from non-fiction.  Please be aware that the KS3 curriculum is reviewed annually and therefore, is subject to change.

Year 7 - Private Peaceful, The Tempest, Poetry from Different Cultures.

Year 8 - Of Mice and Men, Macbeth, Romantic Poetry.

Year 9 - Lord of the Flies, Literature through Time, War Poetry

Year 10 and Year 11 - English language reading and writing skills; English literature set texts (A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls and Power and Conflict poetry)

The GCSE course followed is AQA.

Department Staff

  • Mr M Barker

    Teacher of English

  • Miss L Eyre

    Head of English

  • Mr P Gardiner

    Teacher of English and Drama

  • Miss A Grimstone

    Assistant Head of School; Professional Tutor Teaching & Learning (English)

  • Miss M Haynes

    Second in Charge of English

  • Mrs V Horne

    Assistant Head of School - Intervention and Inclusion

  • Miss L Towers

    Achievement Leader for Year 10; Head of Chauntry; Teacher of English