Subject leader

Sam Butler

About the subject

In English students develop a love of language and literature, and explore a range of important themes, contexts and ideas. All students develop key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening that prepare them for further study and the professional world.


Pupils read widely from a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, which may include newspaper extracts, autobiographies, diaries, poetry, prose and drama and a range of plays by Shakespeare. Students develop key skills of comprehension, inference, analysis and critical evaluation.


Students are provided with opportunities that enable them to develop skills in writing in a wide variety of forms and styles and for a variety of audiences.  Pupils will write in various ways including narrative and descriptive pieces, discursive essays, diary entries, letters and newspaper reports. Students are taught to write extended, well-structured analytical essays. Both technical accuracy and creativity are emphasised and pupils are encouraged to develop their skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Speaking and Listening

The students have the opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills through a variety of classroom activities including role play, group debate and discussion and formal presentations.

Extra-curricular Learning

Students are encouraged to participate in a range of extra-curricular opportunities in English. Students have taken part in activities ranging from BBC School Report, to reading groups, theatre trips and poetry competitions. Students are provided with specifically tailored literacy booster classes at KS3 and revision classes in preparation for their GCSE exams at KS4.



020 8270 4222

Lower site

020 8270 4200

Upper site


Year 7 Overview

The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty

Identity Poetry

The Tempest

Adventure Narratives

GCSE English Language Paper 2 Exam Skills

War Novel


Year 8 Overview

Hunger Games

War Poetry Comparison


Short Stories

GCSE English Language Paper 1 Exam Skills

Mystery Novel


Year 9 Overview

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Nicholas Nickleby & David Copperfield Writing


Conflict Poetry

GCSE English Language Paper 2 Exam Skills and Mock Exam

Culture and Identity Novel


Year 10 Overview

A Christmas Carol or Great Expectations

An Inspector Calls

Relationship Poetry

GCSE English Language Paper 1 Exam Skills and Mock Exam


Year 11 Overview

Relationship Poetry

Romeo and Juliet

GCSE English Language Papers 1 and 2 Exam Skills and 2 Mock Exams

A Christmas Carol or Great Expectations Revision

An Inspector Calls Revision


Exam board used for GCSE

The examination board used for GCSE English and English Literature is AQA.


AQA English Language (8700)

AQA English Literature (8702)


Link to the specification from the exam board

(A) Lower Site

Green Lane Lower Site




Tel: 020 8270 4222

(B) Upper Site

Gosfield Road Upper Site




Tel: 020 8270 4200