The study of English is essential, not only in terms of helping individuals make sense of who they are, but also in terms of learning how to communicate successfully with the world. English Literature teaches a great deal about life, history and society and fosters tolerance and understanding, which is a vital part of a balanced education.

Reading, spoken language and writing are the cornerstones of success and we aim to equip our pupils with the skills to read critically, confidently and for pleasure; to be articulate in their spoken language; and to write effectively with style and accuracy for a wide range of purposes and audiences.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8

In Year 7 students follow the central theme of ‘Growing Up’

  • Unit 1: Tales of Childhood – An Introduction to Eden Manchester English
  • Unit 2: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne – Class Reader
  • Unit 3 – Oliver Twist – The Play by Charles Dickens adapted by Nigel Bryant.
  • Unit 4 – An Introduction to Non-Fiction and the Nineteenth Century
  • Unit 5 – An Introduction to Poetry
  • Unit 6 – An Introduction to Shakespeare

In Year 8 students follow the central theme of ‘A Brave New World’

  • Unit 1: Our Day Out by Willy Russell
  • Unit 2: Dystopian Fiction
  • Unit 3: Gothic Fiction
  • Unit 4: Radical Romantic Poets
  • Unit 5: What the Dickens?
  • Unit 6: William Shakespeare’s Leaders and Leadership


    Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

    In Year 9 students follow the central theme of ‘The Consequences Of Power’

    • Unit 1 – Autumn Term: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.
    • Unit 2 – Spring Term: Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    • Unit 3 – Summer Term: Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

    In Year 10 students follow the central theme of ‘Voices and Opinions’ 


    • Unit 1 – Autumn Term: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    • Unit 2 – Spring Term: Exploring Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
    • Unit 3 – Summer Term: Power and Conflict Poetry

    In Year 11 students follow the central theme of ‘Connections and Comparisons’

    • Unit 1 – Autumn Term: Unseen Texts Poetry and Prose
    • Unit 2 – Spring Term: Thematic and Characterisation Study In Literature
    • Unit 3 – Summer Term: Examinations

    Internal assessments take place every half-term.

    KS4 Exam Board Specifications: AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)

    Enrichment Offer

    The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.