Staff within the Department

Ms L. Bluett – Head of Department (Acting)/Responsibility for KS4

BA/BTeach - English and Classical Studies

Ms J. Manley – 2nd in Department/Responsibility for KS5

BA English and Film Studies

Mrs C. Rice – Responsibility for KS3

Law (LLB)

Mrs L. Dwyer – Director of Teaching and Learning

BA (Hons) English Literature; MA Victorian Studies

Ms. L. Gordon - HLTA Language and Literacy (English & EAL)

Language and Literacy Specialist

 Ms C. Gardner – English Teacher

BA (Hons)- Sociology

Ms A. Hudson - EAL Co-ordinator

BA -  English Literature and MEd TESOL

Ms E. Lancod – English Teacher (Asst. Head)


Ms C. McKinlay – English Teacher (Asst. Head)

BA (Hons) English Language and Literature

Ms A. Qureshi– English Teacher

BA (Hons) Comparative Literature

Mrs S. Stewart – English Teacher

BA (Hons) American Literature

Ms Z. Syed – English Teacher

BA (Hons) English Literature and Modern History

Ms S. Iyer – English Teacher

BA English and Hispanic Studies

Ms E. Walsh – English Teacher

BA (Hons) English Literature


English is a core (compulsory) subject at KS3 and KS4 and no wonder as the exploration and production of texts, confidence in spoken communication and the development of literacy skills are all integral to progress across the curriculum.  Beyond this, English is a fascinating subject taking pupils on a journey through functional texts to the very best of literature from across the ages.  The passion for English language and literature instilled in pupils by their enthusiastic English teachers continues at KS5 where our A Levels in Literature and Language & Literature are popular choices.



KS3 English offers lots of opportunities for students to develop their writing skills, engage in new and varied texts (both fiction and non-fiction) and explore written and spoken language.  Alongside our curriculum below we also teach literacy skills lessons to enable students to make progress in English and across the wider curriculum by improving their reading, writing and grammar skills. 


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

  • Paintings and Poetry
  • Hamlet or Coraline
  • Hamlet or Coraline
  • A Study of the English Language
  • Preparation for exams

Year 8

  • Brilliant Writers
  • Twelfth Night
  • Coram Boy
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Preparation for exams


Enrichment activities to do at home

  • Try to read a selection of the ‘suggested reads’ which accompany each unit of work (given by your teacher)
  • Visit for tips, activities and games
  • Read at least 2 non-fiction texts a week.  Have you tried articles, advertisements, newspapers, brochures, biographies?
  • Use a dictionary when you come across a new word and try to use it that day!
  • Join your local library and set yourself a reading challenge – have you read every book by your favourite author?
  • Have a go at writing an article for the school website/newsletter.



Our KS4 programme covers 3 years, from year 9 to year 11.  All students are taught both English Language and English Literature and are now following the reformed GCSE (AQA specifications 8700 & 8702 

Year 9 is used to introduce pupils to the literary texts they will respond to in the final exams, as well as being an introduction to the skills they will need to tackle unseen fiction and non-fiction texts, and practise their own writing for language.  In years 10 (and subsequently 11) pupils will revisit the literature texts, study a modern text (novel, short stories or drama) and continue to practise the reading and writing skills.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

  • Narrative Writing
  • Macbeth – getting to know the play and writing an exam style answer for assessment.
  • 20th and 21st Century fiction texts – An introduction
  • Non-Fiction texts – An introduction
  • Poetry
  • Introduction to 19th Century Literature – Including an introduction to Jane Eyre and context.

Year 10

  • Reading short stories and producing creative writing
  • Macbeth
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde (accelerated set)


  • English Language fiction and non-fiction extracts and writing
  • Preparation for exams
  • Poetry

Year 11

  • Modern text – Blood Brothers or Inspector Calls
  • Revision in preparation for mock exams (Language Paper 1, Jane Eyre & Macbeth)
  • Poetry and spoken language.
  • From spring half term – Revision for: language – non-fiction texts.
  • Continued exam revision – Literature and language paper.


Enrichment activities to do at home

Across the whole of KS4 it is vital that students read regularly.  They could read in advance any texts they know they will be studying (and in year 11 they should be re-reading all texts!) but they should also get into the habit of reading non-fiction texts as well.  These might include: newspaper articles, blogs, reviews, letters, travel writing.  A good website to find all of the above is The Guardian where you can find archives of all sorts of writing which in the past have been used as material on the actual language exam.  

Pupils are also given a copy of a recommended reading list for KS4 pupils so they could be reading for pleasure from this – it all helps!


We currently offer both Literature and Language/Literature as A Level options.

Year 12 and Year 13 follow OCR specifications for both subjects. 



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

  • Transition Unit: Introduction to A Level English Literature.
  • Study for the Shakespeare and Poetry pre-1900 paper: ‘Hamlet’ and poetry by Christina Rossetti.
  • Study for the Drama and Poetry post-1900 paper: Tennessee Williams’s ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ and introduction to the Gothic genre focusing on approaches to unseen texts and study of Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber.’
  • Continuing study of set texts and preparation for mock exam.
  • Revision for AS exam.
  • After exams: preparation for two NEA (non-examined assessment) essays which make up 20% of the A Level grade.
  • Essay 1: Critical analysis of ‘Streetcar Named Desire’.
  • Essay 2: Comparative essay using Carol Ann Duffy’s anthology ‘The World’s Wife’ and Monica Ali’s novel ‘Brick Lane’.

Year 13

  • Continuation of work started at the end of Year 12 on the two non-examined assessment essays.  (20% of the A Level)


  • Study of Webster’s ‘Duchess of Malfi’ and comparison with the poetry of Christina Rossetti.

(20% of the A Level)


  • Students focus on how to respond to an unseen gothic text as well as studying Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ which they will compare with Carter’s ‘Bloody Chamber’. (40% of the A Level)
  • Continue study of Webster’s ‘Duchess of Malfi’ and comparison with the poetry of Christina Rossetti.

(20% of the A Level)


  • Students return to study of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ with particular emphasis on close reading of extracts. (20% of the A Level)


  • Preparation for mock exams

Revision of set texts and consolidation of skills in approaching an unseen text.


Language & Literature

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

  • Introduction to literary and linguistic approaches

Component 1

  • Anthology of non-fiction spoken and written texts
  • Non-fiction original writing

Component 2

  • Rapture, Carol Ann Duffy
  • The Great Gatsby, F. S. Fitzgerald
  • Consolidate learning for Components 1 and 2
  • After AS exams:

Begin NEA (non- examined unit on Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal and another non-fiction text

Year 13


Component 4

  • Continue NEA (non- examined unit)
  • Task 1 – Non-fiction analysis
  • Task 2 – Non fiction

Component 2

  • Othello


Component 3

  • Reading as a writer. Writing as a reader
  • Revision of AS texts


Revision for examinations



Doddle. Don’t forget to log in to: with the login details your teacher has given you.  You will find tasks that have been assigned by teachers and additional activities.

General English and literacy websites

BBC Bitesize:


Daily grammar blog:

Themed reading activities to complete (reading skills and sentence skills)

For EAL pupils and parents


A Level pupils: - ask your English teacher for our login details

Thinking of doing A Level?

Enrichment Activities and Trips

There are a range of clubs running throughout the year so make sure you check your form’s bulletin board.

Book Club

Short story club

Guardian Young Critics Competition

Y11 Poetry Live

Y11 Inspector Calls trip

Y8 Trip to the Globe

Ealing borough Spelling Bee competition

Y12 Creative Writing workshop at Keats House

Jack Petchy Speak Out Challenge

BBC School Report

Y12 Hamlet workshop at the Globe Theatre



Career Paths




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