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


Dean Trust Y7 Common Curriculum Overview

Dean Trust Y7 HT1 Common Scheme of Work

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview


Key Dates

Wednesday 7th November 2018: Year 10 Theatre Trip to see Macbeth, Everyman Theatre

Wednesday 21st November 2018: Year 11 RSC Romeo and Juliet Live Schools’ Broadcast

Wednesday 19th December 2018: KS4 Trip to a reading of A Christmas Carol, St George’s Hall Concert Room

Tuesday 12th March 2019: Year 10 Theatre Trip to see Macbeth, Epstein Theatre

Wednesday 15th May 2019 PM: English Literature Paper 1

Thursday 23rd May 2019 AM: English Literature Paper 2

Tuesday 4th June 2019 AM: English Language Paper 1

Friday 7th June 2019 AM: English Language Paper 2


Enrichment Activities

English enrichment activities are displayed on the Enrichment page.



Mrs F Fletcher: Head of Department, English

Mrs S Venables: Deputy Leader, English

Miss A Barry: Responsibility in English

Miss L Leicester: TLR for PP progress in KS3 English

Miss L Morris: Head of Literacy/ Classroom Teacher, English

Miss C Thwaite: SEND Lead/Classroom Teacher, English

Mrs Grisdale: NQT/ITT Professional Mentor/Classroom Teacher, English

Miss E O’Reilly: Head of Year 11/ Classroom Teacher, English and Drama

Miss S Brophy: Classroom Teacher, English and MFL

Mrs C Phillips: Assistant Headteacher (Director of Teaching and Learning)

Mrs C Sergison: Assistant Headteacher (Director of Parent and Pupil Engagement)