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English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised. 


The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 Short Stories
Cultural Poetry
Dystopian Fiction
Shakespeare and the Tempest
Treasure Island
Year 8 Modern Play
Villains and Dickens
Disturbed Voices Poetry
Romeo and Juliet
The Gothic, with Frankenstein
Year 9 Drama
Shakespearean Tragedy
The Romantics
Spoken Language
The Novel
Key Stage 4
Year 10 Romantic Poetry
Literature Text (Blood Brothers, Lord of the Flies, An Inspector Calls)
Literature Text (Sign of Four)
Speaking and Listening skills
Year 11 Language papers 1 and 2
Review and development of Literature texts studied in year 10