The English department’s vision statement is ‘to encourage, through the study of language and literature, students who are independent, creative and critical thinkers’. It is this vision that drives not only our curriculum, but the work that we do every day.

“While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.” C. Connolly

Pupils are exposed to a diverse range of both fiction and non-fiction texts throughout KS3, all of which have been selected in order to build the core knowledge that is required at GCSE but without narrowing their view in any way. From Ancient Greece to the markets of war-torn Afghanistan, our pupils are taken on a journey through the world, encouraged to engage in historical and current debates as they start to build their own viewpoints and perspectives.

Our GCSE text choices also reflect our desire to encourage pupils to become ‘independent, creative and critical thinkers’, by dealing with issues that, though are historical, still echo in the world that we currently live in.

Curriculum Journey and Progression Maps 

The English Curriculum Journey is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Progression Map – English Literature

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of English Knowledge Organisers:

HT4: Year 7 – Romeo and Juliet

HT3: Year 9 – Poetry: Love & Relationships

HT4 : Year 11 – Macbeth


If you have any questions about the English curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for English – Emma Walkey-Williams