Key Stage 3

In Years 7 to 9, our aim is to develop the students’ ability to understand what they have been reading and to respond in an appropriate manner using accurate and ambitious writing. We also try to encourage imaginative and creative writing through the study of different styles, techniques and writing devices. Progress is measured using British National Curriculum level Descriptors.

Level Descriptors for Reading and Writing

We have a range of texts that are studied in Years 7 to 9 and these include novels, drama texts, poetry and comprehension based work. Each year group’s study will contain a Shakespeare play.

Although our teaching in Year 9 is targeting a final assessed piece of work in term 4, students are well advised to undertake their own revision to compliment this. An excellent website that might help them is the BBC Bitesize revision programme for Key Stage 3:

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) we study the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus in both English Language and English Literature. This year our results have been exceptional, with both our Literature and Language grades being significantly higher than the grades predicted.

One of the best ways for students to improve their attainment in both Literature and Language is to read widely and regularly. We strongly encourage all of our IGCSE students to read increasingly challenging texts, both to improve their English skills and for enjoyment.  To this end, we have included a list of suggested books.

Further assistance in revising for IGCSE English Language and English Literature can be found on the BBC Bitesize website:

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) we study the Cambridge AS and A2 syllabuses in English Literature.

We recognise that the step from IGCSE to AS level is neither straightforward nor easy for many students. The English Department takes very seriously the need to support students in making this transition and to encourage them to take an increasing responsibility for their own progress. This not only involves fostering a mature approach towards their study, but also ensuring that they are reading around the subject independently in order to support the teacher led lessons that they are attending. We would strongly advise candidates who are looking for a good grade in this subject to be reading criticisms of the literature that they are studying. It is a clear expectation that students of English Literature at AS/A2 Level are enthusiastic about books and are not intimidated by extensive reading of texts that may be quite challenging.