English Language and Literature enables students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts, and write clearly. Our vision is for all students to be successful, whatever their starting point.ย  We strive to raise attainment in English through reflection and thoughtful analysis of successes and failures. We hope to enable many of our students to go on to pursue a career which involves English. Furthermore, we aim to equip students with life-long skills, including the ability to express their opinions and feelings confidently and effectively. We hope to instil in students a love of reading, which will stay with them throughout their lives.

We have an excellent library which is regularly used by both students and staff. Each KS3 class has one lesson a week in the library. We use the Accelerated Reader programme to support students to make progress in their reading. They will all have a book from the library with them at all times.


English lessons build on the skills already established at Key Stage 2 and begin to develop the knowledge, skills and techniques students will require forย GCSE.

Year 7

  • Science fiction and dystopia: A range of extracts and texts
  • Boy, Roald Dahl
  • Voices of colonialism: A range of extracts and texts
  • Gothic literature: A range of extracts and texts
  • War prose
  • Shakespeare: A range of extracts and texts

Year 8

  • Dystopian fiction
  • Criminal activity
  • Adventure
  • The supernatural
  • Tainted love
  • Conflict

Year 9

  • Film unit: James Bond and the language of comparison
  • An Inspector Calls,B. Priestley
  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  • Nineteenth century literature
  • Conflict poetry
  • Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare


English Language:

Students will respond to unseen texts. They will analyse the writerโ€™s use of language and structure and will compare writersโ€™ ideas and perspectives. They will write effectively using a range of techniques for purpose and effect.

English Literature:

Students will study the following texts:
An Inspector Calls, J.B. Priestley
Poetry: Power and conflict
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
A Christmas Carol, Dickens


  • Fantastic World Book Day celebrations
  • Writing competitions throughout the year
  • Close links with UEA, with student ambassadors reading regularly with our pupils
  • FLY Festival of Literature at CAN
  • Visiting authors
  • Trips to the theatre


Competent written communication is needed in a diverse range of careers. The ability to communicate effectively and to understand other perspectives is useful in all jobs. More specific careers that require a further qualification in English are:

  • Journalism
  • Television work
  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Writing
  • Owning a business
  • Acting
  • Childcare
  • Publishing