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 Curriculum OverviewAdobe PDF
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview
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Key Dates

  • Monday 30th October 2017: Y10 Higher Achievers’ Trip to Huyton Library for Jane Austen performance
  • Tuesday 7th November 2017: Y11 Higher Achievers’ Trip to Edge Hill University for David Crystal lecture
  • Wednesday 8th November 2017: KS4 performance ‘Fighting for Words’ based on poetry anthology
  • Tuesday 12th December 2017: KS4 Trip to The Capstone Theatre to see ‘A Christmas Carol’
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018: KS4 performance of ‘An Inspector Calls’
  • Tuesday 22nd May 2018: English Literature Paper 1
  • Friday 25th May 2018: English Literature Paper 2
  • Tuesday 5th June 2018: English Language Paper 1
  • Friday 8th June 2018: English Language Paper 2

Enrichment Activities

English enrichment activities are displayed on the Enrichment page.

Revision materials (GCSE 2018)


Mrs F. Fletcher: Head of Department, English

Mrs H Grisdale: Deputy Leader, English

Miss L Morris: Acting Head of Literacy

Miss A Barry: Responsibility in English

Mrs A Sunderland: Classroom Teacher, English

Miss L. Leicester: Classroom Teacher, English

Mr D. McNally: Classroom Teacher, English

Miss C. Thwaite: SENDCO/ Classroom Teacher, English

Mrs C Phillips, Assistant Headteacher (Pupil Premium)