The English department offers students an exciting and enriching experience in English. In the classroom a variety of teaching methods ensure that each student’s learning style is catered for. The department believes in the value of experiences outside the classroom; all year groups benefit from a variety of extra-curricular activities. The activities include: Creative Writing Club; Scrabble Club; Reading Group and theatre visits/events that are directly related to a text being studied. This includes watching performances of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. All students are encouraged to take part in competitions, including the annual Creative Writing competition at Claremont School. However we also enjoy evening outings which are just enjoyable, most recently to the West End to see Wicked!

The students are expected to achieve their full potential, but if necessary lunch time/after school support is available. This is particularly relevant for Year 11 students who can take part in extra revision lessons weekly on a Tuesday and Wednesday.

English Literature and English Language are taught to all students in Years 7 to 9 and to most students in Years 10 and 11. From September 2015, all students will take both GCSEs to Year 11. The students develop their skills in: critical reading for understanding; writing for different purposes and in a wide range of Speaking and Listening activities. Students are encouraged to show initiative and be creative in their studies. 

Years 7 and 8

Students are taught in sets which are formed across Maths, Science and English.

Students study a range of texts including Pre-1914 short stories, Tiger Wars, The King of Shadows, The Prince of Mist, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Much Ado about Nothing and poetry to name a few. Students write in a variety of forms for different audiences and purposes, including letters; autobiographies; articles; reports; essays.

Years 9

Students are taught in sets in Year 9

This transitional year will consolidate and develop the skills gained in Years 7 and 8 and prepare students for the GCSE course in Years 10 and 11. Students begin their GCSE courses in term 6 and are re-set accordingly.

Years 10 and 11

Until September 2016, the examination board is OCR and this specification offers the students a varied course in English Literature and English Language. Literature texts include Pride and Prejudice; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet; Of Mice and Men; An Inspector Calls. Students also follow a course of Spoken Language study analysing their own and others’ speech. 

The assessment takes the form of Controlled Assessment and examination. For Literature the Controlled Assessment is 25% and the examination 75%. In Language the Controlled Assessment is 40% and examination 60%

From September 2015, Year 10 students will follow the AQA specifications for English Language and Literature. This is a new specification where the students are assessed only by examination.

At the end of the two years, students will sit two examinations for each subject – a total of four. The Literature course continues to include Shakespeare plays and novels by the likes of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Also studied are either a contemporary novel or play and a wide range of poetry, including the work of the Romantics. In Language, students respond to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and are expected to write in different forms, for different purposes and different audiences. In the examinations, students will be exposed to unseen material as well as studied texts; they will also be expected to make links across texts.

Subject Leader of English: Mrs Goddard


OCR English Language website

OCR English Literature website

AQA English Language website

AQA English Literature Website