Department Aims

We endeavour to equip all of our students with the skills that they will need to be successful in the ever changing world of the 21st Century. Independence, a desire to learn plus the ability to read with understanding and empathy, write with accuracy and express themselves orally are our key foci. The English team aim to plan and deliver engaging, challenging and personalised lessons, alongside providing regular and rigorous Feedback to support and motivate our students to achieve their challenging targets.

Programmes of Study

Key Stage 3


Our students will:


Our students will:

Speaking and Listening:

Our students will:

Access our Programmes of Study for each year group below:


English Programmes of Study 2017-18


Digital Theatre Plus

Students will be given login details to access the Digital Theatre Plus website.

This is a fantastic resource, with instant access to hundreds of plays and performances


Accelerated Reader Programe

To access the login page for the accelerated reader program please follow this link



We expect our students to play an active role in their learning by arriving to lessons promptly, with the correct equipment and a desire to achieve the challenging targets that are set for all. Lessons are planned to ensure that our students are given the opportunity to explore topics independently, in pairs and groups, supporting each other in their learning journey. We encourage students to take responsibility under the guidance of our dedicated and enthusiastic team of English specialists. Comments from students regarding their English studies are welcomed and in conjunction with a careful choice of topics and texts, the team works hard to convey their enthusiasm and love for all aspects of English Language and Literature. The English department are committed to the ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ agenda and offer a wide variety of opportunities for pupils to engage in their learning through the use of innovation and technology. The department regularly uses facilities such as the TV Studio, 4D space and the surrounding school grounds. Homework is an important aspect of our support and encouragement of the students’ learning and takes many forms: research; reading; drafting; planning; reviewing.


Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.


Exams taken

All students will study the Eduqas GCSE English Language and English Literature exam specification. 


Staff list

Mr D Banks - Curriculum Leader for English

Miss L Cathey -  Joint Assistant Curriculum Leader for English

Mrs K Kellet - Joint Assistant Curriculum Leader for English (Lead Practitioner)

Mrs G Aspinall - Assistant Headteacher

Miss V Bond - Teacher of English (Lead Practitioner)

Mr A Cunningham - Teacher of English

Miss A Duffell - Teacher of English

Miss L Law - Teacher of English

Mr J Melling - Teacher of English

Miss S Patel - Teacher of English

Miss L Pilkington - Assistant Headteacher

Miss E Rose - Teacher of English


Extra-curricular activities


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