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Key Stage 3


Students in KS3 study a mixture of English Language and Literature with the emphasis on developing their skills on areas such as analysis, comprehension and both fiction and non-fiction writing. The aim of KS3 is for students to gain a taste and basic understanding of the skills that will support them in being successful in their GCSEs.


The students study a range of texts, such as, The Landlady by Roald Dahl, A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle and Macbeth by William Shakespeare. They also study a range of materials from both fiction and non-fiction writing to help improve their writing skills.

At the end of each topic, students are given the opportunity to engage in a practical lesson. This includes: treasure hunts, crime scene analysis, escape rooms and creative tasks.

Students are also given the opportunity to take part in a range of poetry and short story competitions through Young Writers, with a chance of their work being published. So far, this has seen a 100% published rate.

Key Stage 4

Students at KS4 either study English Language AQA or Cambridge iGCSE syllabus.

AQA – This focuses on students’ abilities to explore creative reading and writing and writers’ viewpoints and perspectives. Students study a range of short extracts whilst learning and applying the GCSE skills. Students also study non-fiction and fiction writing skills.

iGCSE – This focuses on skills in comprehension, summary and comparison. Students also study non-fiction and fiction writing skills.

Both boards also have a speaking and listening component.


Language and structure analysis, comprehension skills, explicit and implicit meanings, responding to viewpoint, comparison of texts, descriptive and narrative writing, newspaper articles, speech and letter writing.

Exam Information

AQA GCSE English Language 8700

Cambridge iGCSE English 0627

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We publish a Half Termly school magazine, edited by the students.

"I really enjoyed writing my story" - Shane


"Using the UV light to search for clues was really fun" - Izzy