‘There is no friend as loyal as a book.’

The English Department

Teaching Staff    
Miss N Hunt - Head of English   Mr P McChleery - Teacher of English
Mrs L Maton Learning Team Leader    Mrs M O'Malley Teacher of English
Miss L Toft - Year 8 Co-ordinator   Miss E Poole - Teacher of English
Mr R Cockrell - Teacher of English   Mrs L Redfern-Crane - Teacher of English
Mr D Ferriss - Teacher of English   Miss J Staples - Teacher of English
Mr P Jeffs - Teacher of English   Mr S Robinson - Teacher of English
Miss R Lane - Teacher of English        
The Importance of English

English Teaching AreaThe ethos of the English Faculty is to ensure that all students have a profound appreciation of language and literature. Our aims are underpinned by the ethos of the school: students should take pride in their responses, whether it is contributing to a class discussion or writing an extended analysis; they should have the courage to take risks with their ideas and be imaginative and creative as possible and they should also respect the ideas and opinions of others. To facilitate these aims, the English Faculty delivers a curriculum that not only prepares students for the more challenging world of linear examinations but also enables students to see the real life context and relevance of English whether it is exploring a character’s motivations in Literature or exploring the power of a well-chosen verb in Language.

Staff are encouraged to collaborate and share best practice, develop new ideas and work with students constantly to achieve the best possible outcomes. This is achieved by listening to students and encouraging them to participate and contribute to their learning; giving students opportunities to talk about what they have learned to develop their understanding and encouraging students to read more widely around what they have learned in the classroom.

Independent Learning in English

Independent Learning

The English Faculty places great importance on students taking responsibility for developing and extending what they have learned in the classroom. Therefore, they are given various opportunities to strengthen their knowledge:

  • All schemes of learning, which are given to students, have ‘Go further…’ sections where there are names of texts linked to the content of the classroom. Students are encouraged to read these independently and use the Library which has copies of these texts.
Key Stage 3 English

KS3 English

In Year 7, students begin a pathway that is suited to their achievements at Key Stage 2. This will consist of writing to describe and narrate, which aims to consolidate their understanding of key grammatical terms from the Key Stage 2 statutory requirements whilst developing their understanding of how to use specific techniques because of the effects that they will create. Some students will begin by studying the Jekyll and Hyde Playscript and cover a range of skills across both reading and writing whilst also exploring the Victorian context.

After this, students will continue to follow the Coundon Middle Years Curriculum, which is based around five assessment objectives; students develop a wide range of skills through a range of units. The students will study Shakespeare plays as well as contemporary fiction with the aim of encouraging them to become independent readers. Throughout their time, they will be assessed and given specific, personalised targets to help them to improve.

 Key Stage 4 English

KS4 English

In Year 9 students are prepared for the demands of their GCSE qualifications through their reading of a range of modern novels, pre-twentieth century texts, drama and poetry. This continues throughout Years 10 and 11 as students study and revise the specific texts that they will be examined on at the end of Year 11. Various teaching and learning strategies are used to help students develop their own personal opinions about texts, analyse the language and techniques the writers have used to express their ideas, and appreciate the context and influences that shaped the text. For English Language, students study a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first century. They are also given opportunities to develop their skills as imaginative and argumentative writers.

As students are studying these texts for closed book and unseen examinations, the faculty supports them with making Knowledge Organisers that provide them with the key information that they need as well as regular revision and testing to help them retain this information for the examination. 

Students in Years 10 and 11 follow a split entry for GCSE, which helps students with the pressure of their exams by entering either Literature or Language

Key Stage 5 English

Students have the options to study either English Language and Literature or English Literature at A-Level. Students begin English Language and Literature by using methods of analysis to explore Donne's poetry and "The Kite Runner". They also study text such as "The Handmaid's Tale" and "A Streetcar Named Desire". Alongside these exam topics they produce a language investigation where they explore an individual topic that they are interested in across botrh fiction and non-fiction

English Literature

In English Literature students begin studying aspects of tragedy and exploring examples of tragic texts. The three texts that are studied are: Death of a Salesman, Othello and Tess of the D’Ubervilles. Later in the year students will study texts that all feature an element of social and political protest. Texts that are studied are: a selection of poems by William Blake, The Kite Runner and The Handmaid’s Tale. In Year 13 students begin by investigating further critical approaches to Literature: Marxism and Feminism, Narrative, Literary Value and Post-colonial. For the Non-Exam Assessment, students will produce two responses that are based on texts of their choice; one must be prose and the other must be poetry. Once completed, students will revise for the two exams and spend time reading around their subject to deepen their understanding of the two genres.


Enrichment in English

The English Faculty works with other subjects to give students the opportunities to participate in English outside the classroom:

Key Stage 3:

  • Poetry Competitions
  • Homework Club
  • Book Club - in the Library

Key Stage 4:

  • Drama activities based around "An Inspector Calls" (linked with the Performing Arts faculty)
  • Book Club - in the Library
  • Newspaper - across all Key Stages