Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students are given the opportunity to engage with a range of different novels, plays, poems and non-fiction texts from different decades and centuries; all of which aims to broaden and challenge their skills and viewpoints. Students have the opportunity to write stories and poems, in addition to non-fiction texts, such as letters, articles and speeches.


Year 7 students will have three lessons of English a week. During the first term, students who require additional literacy lessons are identified and will have a fourth hour of English each week from November.


Year 8 students also all have three hours of English a week and study poetry from other cultures, complete a unit on the environment as well as studying a pre 19th century novel. Those who need additional support are identified in the first half term and will have a fourth hour of English each week from September.


Year 9 study a range of topics from Macbeth and gothic texts to World War poetry. They also travel around the world in the Writers’ Viewpoint unit reading and writing texts about various different countries. At the end of Year 9, students undertake a modern play study.


Students are also encouraged to read regularly and take part in a reading programme called Accelerated Reader. Accelerated Reader tests a student’s reading level in a variety of ways and suggests books which are suitable for their ability, age and interests. Students are then required to take a quiz within 24-48 hours of reading the book, this tests their understanding. Students receive points for each book (which vary depending on the word count) and their reading can be monitored closely by their English teacher.

Homework will be set weekly, with some of the work taking the form of a project, such as the contemporary text Pick’n’Mix, Poetry ‘Chinese Takeaway’ and Gothic Fiction Genre ‘Set Menu’. These tasks encourage the students to develop a more independent approach to their homework and also allows them to learn how to manage their time effectively.


In addition to homework, each Scheme of Learning is accompanied by an optional ‘Challenge’ or ‘Support’ booklet that helps the students to develop their understanding of the topic studied in lessons.


All resources for each topic are available on Edmodo. This allows students to re-read texts, poems and extracts as well as re-visit the work after the lesson to either develop or clarify their understanding.


At the end of each year, students sit exams. Year 7 and 8 have one exam, whilst Year 9 two; a Language exam in December and a Literature one in April. These are reflective of the types of skills required at GCSE.


There are numerous opportunities at KS3 for students to be involved in extra-curricular activities. Media Club takes place weekly and gives students the opportunity to write film and edit video news reports as well as creating the termly school magazine, Live Wyre. There is also the opportunity to support younger students with their reading at Buddy Reading, a weekly reading club at lunchtimes. There is also the annual Poet Laureate competition where the winners are then commissioned to write poetry for key school events. Students are also encouraged to enter numerous national competitions across the year from ‘Youth Writes’, run by the Rotary Club, and The Guardian’s ‘Young Critics Award’ (a competition in which the school was runner up in 2016) to Foyles’ ‘Young Poet of the Year’ and the BBC’s ‘Young Writer of the Year’. 

Key Stage 4

All Year 10 and 11 students follow AQA GCSE English Language and Literature Specifications. These can be downloaded, using the links below:-



Students have four hours of English each week. The courses are 100% examination and assess the students’ abilities to read, understand and interpret a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Novels and plays they will study include ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. In addition students will study a Shakespeare play and a selection of seen and unseen poetry.

As well as this the courses in Language and Literature assess the students’ abilities to write for a range of purposes – writing to describe, narrative writing and expressing a viewpoint 

All exams will be completed at the end of Year 11. Details are below:-

  • English Language Paper 1 1 hour 45 minutes
  • English Language Paper 2 1 hour 45 minutes
  • English Literature paper 1 1 hour 45 minutes
  • English Literature Paper 2 2 hours 15 minutes

Whilst the courses are 100% examination, during Year 10 and 11, formative assessments will be completed to inform both teachers and students of current expected outcomes and levels of progress.

Students will be expected to complete homework on a weekly basis, often using resources they can access on Edmodo. Tablets will be used in some lessons, though are not compulsory. It would also be helpful if students could purchase their own copies of the novels and plays they will study.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Lighthouse literacy unitTornado literacy unitCreative Writing
Autobiographical writingContemporary novel studyPassport : Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives  
Animal PoetryOther Cultures: People and Place Poetry Macbeth 
Openings of Shakespeare playsShakespeare :A Midsummer Nights DreamGothic Fiction Genre Study 
Animal MI6: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives Environment: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives War Poetry 
Zoo projectDetective Fiction Genre StudyModern Drama Study

Faculty Staff

Miss C FewsonDirector of English and ITT Professional
Mrs S KalinskiEnglish Teacher, Media Coordinator, Key Stage 3 Coordinator for English
Mrs K BrayEnglish Teacher, Assistant Headteacher
Mrs H CrossEnglish Teacher, Head of Year
Mrs CassonEnglish Teacher
Miss AtkinsonEnglish Teacher
Miss Aimee WoodEnglish Teacher

Jan 21
This week's revision ideas, Year 11. If you've been following them you will have, by the end of the week, re-read a… https://t.co/IKt5JOhkMj
Jan 16
Year 11, don't forget to bring a packed lunch and something to write on and with for the @AQA Poetry Live trip. Don… https://t.co/IHbbBNzrvL
Jan 14
Year 11, here are this week's suggested revision tasks. Remember, it is better to do little bits of revision regula… https://t.co/cGsAoPmqv5
Jan 10
Year 10, here is an interesting article about Victorian morality which will help with your understanding of Jekyll… https://t.co/jTybRIAaMH
Jan 09
Year 11, here are some tips for what to focus your English Language and English Literature revision on this week. I… https://t.co/CPXf5sSUdt