We encourage our pupils to recognise the creative impact of the written and spoken word through focused and inspiring teaching. Our pupils are encouraged to widen their horizons by studying literature and learning about different cultures and practices.

Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3, students study a variety of literary texts in many different forms including prose, poetry and drama. Students are encouraged to write their own pieces of creative and transactional writing.

Each year group is involved in Spoken Language presentations, which may include reciting poetry or telling stories.

Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4, students do GCSE Literature. Texts studied include a Shakespeare play, a nineteenth century novel,   poetry from the AQA anthology and other sources and a modern drama.


To develop literately astute pupils who re able to enjoy reading and analysing different texts.

Transferable Skills

The ability to read and interpret a text and the ability to create a range of texts.

Assessment Weighting

Pupils  are assessed regularly and their grades are calculated at the end of every half term as follows :

  • Tests- 60%,
  • Classwork – 20%
  • Homework – 20%.

In addition, at GCSE, the weighting is as follows:

Paper 1 – Shakespeare and 19th Century novel:  40%

Paper 2 – Modern Drama and Poetry: 60%

Assessment (Implementation – includes how the subject is taught/ differentiation/cross curricular links)

English Literature is taught twice a week at KS4 and pupils attend the GCSE Poetry workshop in February.

Pupils learn about the different genres of literature.  They must be able to identify them and produce them.

A variety of teaching strategies are used, including groupwork, IT lessons and comparing film and the written text.

Differentiation – pupils needs are assessed and catered to through independent projects/ early entry for GCCSEs.

Cross-curricular – the Art department and ICT department work closely with the English Department on different projects, eg Short stories,

Pupils are assessed in poetry, drama and prose. Their essay writing and ability to use subject terminology and quotations is developed.

  • All pupils write End of Year examinations in June ( Mock Exam 1 for Year 10s)
  • All pupils write GL Assessments in English, Maths and Science, twice a year

What skills, understanding and knowledge will your pupils leave English Literature with? ( Impact)

 Pupils will develop their ability to  enjoy reading different texts and also recognize literary devices and be able to  analyse them.  They will also develop their creativity and be able to write poems, scripts and short stories, as well as nonfiction texts.

Career Opportunities

  • Actor
  • Poet
  • Playwright
  • Novelist
  • News reader
  • Lawyer