Reading is at the core of the English curriculum, and you will take a journey through the best literature that has been written in English. You will become a skilled communicator, and you will change the way people think or feel through your words.

“Word up”


In years 7, 8 and 9 we offer an exciting curriculum that will secure, develop and challenge your ability in speaking and listening, reading and writing. In each year we study a range of texts including poetry, plays, novels, non-fiction texts and spoken language. We experiment with challenging writing in a number of forms from functional letters, through poetry and onto gothic fiction.

Here is sample of some of the things we do in each year:

Year 7
  • Shakespeare’s Villains – who is the best at being bad?
  • Explore narrative structures and character presentation in Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Present a powerful speech to save The Village
  • Write for an audience with The Jolly Postman
Year 8
  • Make your own pop video and enjoy the competition in our Film Festival
  • Create your own information book in Beginner’s Guides
  • Explore images and words combined when you study and write in the style of William Blake
  • Discuss the big issues in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Year 9
  • Explore the horror of Edgar Allen Poe in The Tell Tale Heart
  • Be moved by the poems, letters, postcards and posters in World War One texts
  • Scare your teacher with your own Gothic Story
  • Analyse film and text in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing


Year 10 and 11 offers a full range of tasks and activities to challenge all abilities. Students study English Language (Cambridge International) and English Literature GCSEs (Edexcel). Topics in year 10 include:

  • Shakespeare
  • 20th century drama
  • Poetry (from Edexcel’s own anthology)
  • Writing creatively and analytically

You will complete two controlled assessments (two hours each, thoroughly prepared beforehand and in test conditions) as well as three pieces of written coursework. These are assessed by us and moderated by the examining board when marks are submitted.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Opportunities

In English you will have the opportunity to extend yourself in and outside the classroom, including communicating through talk, writing and multi-media projects.

You will be inspired to develop your independent reading, and explore the world – and different cultures – in an interesting way.

  • The Brunner Creative Writing Competition aimed at year 10s and 11s. This is organised by Richard Huish Sixth Form College for all its feeder schools – we have enjoyed huge success over the last few years
  • Trips to the theatre (have included Stratford Upon Avon, the Globe, the Tobacco Factory in recent years)
  • Writers Workshops for each year group, for able writers.
  • Year 9 Speech Competition (open to all year 9s)
  • Year 8 Pop Video competition (open to all year 8s)
  • Year 7 poetry competition (open to all year 7s)
  • IMPACT! magazine, the school publication - see the website’s homepage!
  • Year 10 Public Speaking competition
Mike Wood Head of English
Helen Harper Deputy Head of English
Caroline Barratt Teacher, Literacy: Promoting Reading
Jeremy Backhouse Teacher
Simon Bament Teacher
Jacqui Bettles Teacher
Kelly Brown Teacher
Julia Haviland Teacher
Claire Martin Teacher
Isabel O’Keefe Teacher
Jessica Moore Teacher
James Rogerson Teacher
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