The KS3 curriculum is deliberately interleaved to bring together the different facets of English Language and English Literature. It is also designed to reflect two whole school foci: nurturing a love of reading and expanding vocabulary. Students are exposed to a breadth of texts, poems and non-fiction material in order to build upon their KS2 skills and develop those needed for KS4.
In Years 7-9, students study diverse and exciting topics that explore the curriculum narrative of "Morality in Society". The curriculum offers cross curricular links with subjects such as History, PSHE and RE and has been designed to enrich both the students' understanding of Literature over time and more holistically, their understanding of society.
Over the course of Years 10 and 11 students prepare for two separate GCSEs in English Language and English Literature with the AQA exam board. The KS4 curriculum is interleaved, meaning that students study both courses simultaneously.
For English Literature, the set texts are: Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol and a Poetry anthology - Power and Conflict.
For English Language students study a range of extracts, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as developing their creative and transactional writing. Students also complete a speaking assessment. This does not contribute to their English Language overall grade but students are awarded a pass, merit or distinction.