Curriculum Statement

Our intention in English is to create a curriculum that enthuses and engages students whilst fostering a love of language and literature.

We aim to develop students as strong, confident readers and writers so that they have a solid foundation for learning. English students will study texts from a range of genres, time periods and cultures encouraging them to harness their emotional intelligence, seeing things from a range of different perspectives. Students will understand how literature, and proficient literacy skills, can open doors to other worlds.

The curriculum has been shaped to develop and build on prior knowledge, providing a sequential learning experience for all, for example, in Y7 students explore heroes and villains linked to Shakespearean characters, followed by Macbeth in Y8, Romeo and Juliet and historical context in Y10, finally culminating in Othello and literary theory in Y13. We have aimed to create a curriculum which provides students with breadth and depth along with an increased level of challenge as the curriculum progresses. Most importantly, through this curriculum we hope to instil a love of English that will become a lifelong passion.

Students will leave HGSC with the skills to analyse and interpret the world around them. They will be able to make links between the present day, literary sources throughout time and be able to express themselves, verbally and in a written form, through a variety of different mediums.


Year 7, 8 & 9

In English we focus upon developing skills in the three key areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Staff use a range of strategies to engage students in reading, writing and discussing fiction from the twenty-first, twentieth and pre-nineteenth century as well as media, non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts.



Year 10 & 11

In English the skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening are consolidated in Key Stage 4 and students prepare specifically for the AQA English papers in GCSE English literature and language.

The course specification can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english



Approach to Learning – KS5 English

In sixth form English lessons you will read and discuss texts in a seminar format. You may be asked to carry out research and presentations. There will be a mixture of whole group, independent and pair work. You will be asked to write extended essays and also shorter exam practice answers. In English Language, there is also a creative writing element.


English Language – Year 12/13



English Literature – Year 12/13



Media – Year 12/13