English Curriculum

Our English curriculum teaches 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. The curriculum is also designed to teach acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

In English we aim to:

  • Promote critical thinking, analysis and intellectual curiosity
  • instil a love of the written word
  • Empower pupils to exercise and develop their thinking skills
  • Support pupils to become critical readers and literate learners
  • Awaken pupils to their roles in society and in the rest of the world
  • Engage pupils from all backgrounds, interests and abilities
  • Enhance pupils’ speech and performance skills, giving pupils opportunities to articulate their ideas
  • Facilitate reflection of themes, values and context
  • Encourage life-long learning
  • Inspire pupils to use English in future study and careers

Key Stage 3 and 4 Adobe PDF


Key Dates

  • December 20th 2016: A Christmas Carol comes to Lord Derby Academy
  • May 22nd 2017: English Literature Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th century novel (8702/1)
  • May 26th 2017: English Literature Paper 2 Modern texts and poetry (8702/2)
  • June 6th 2017: English Language GCSE paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing (8700/1)
  • June 12th 2017: English Language GCSE paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives (8700/2)

Enrichment Activities

English enrichment activities are displayed on the Enrichment page.

Revision materials (GCSE 2017)

pdf icon Romeo and Juliet assessment booklet
pdf icon Christmas Carol assessment booklet
pdf iconEnglish Language and English Literature


Mrs F. Fletcher: Head of Department, English

Mr S. Christer: Curriculum Leader Literacy

Mrs H Grisdale: Deputy Leader, English

Miss A Barry: Responsibility in English

Mrs A Sunderland: Classroom Teacher, English

Miss L. Leicester: Classroom Teacher, English

Miss L. Morris: Classroom Teacher, English

Mr D. McNally: Classroom Teacher, English

Miss C. Thwaite: SENCO/ Classroom Teacher, English

Mrs C Phillips, Assistant Headteacher (Pupil Premium)