Faculty Overview

The English Faculty is situated in the Aisling building in six dedicated English classrooms. Here we employ both traditional and innovative methods to match the needs of all our students.

The National Curriculum identifies the three main areas of language learning as Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Our task as teachers of English is to allow the development of these areas of learning by providing varied, stimulating and demanding situations and experiences for our students so that each individual is encouraged to reach and maintain the highest level of attainment, commensurate with his or her ability.

The study of literature extends our students’ awareness of the world and develops their skills of critical analysis, empathy and discrimination.

It is a genuine love of language and literature that motivates us in our drive for progress. We draw from students’ own interests and experiences to give further support to lesson material in order to develop – and enjoy – English for life.

English Faculty Staff

Mrs Gill Director of English
Mr Curtis Assistant Director of English
Mrs Montague Teacher of English
Miss Pilling Teacher of English
Ms Fellows Teacher of English
Miss Holmes-Shaw Teacher of English

KS3 English

At Key Stage 3 we teach in 8 week schemes that balance a range of reading and writing skills. We assess twice each half term, formatively and summatively, upon these particular skills, so that over the academic year we ensure a wide range of techniques and approaches have been covered. Typically, a student will have two lessons of writing and one reading lesson a week. Literacy is embedded within all schemes focusing upon developing communication and use of Standard English.

KS4 GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

At Key Stage 4 we follow the EDUQAS syllabi for English Literature and AQA syllabi for Language. The course commences in Year 9 and is carefully structured in order to ensure thorough coverage of the new syllabus (grades 1-9). Each aspect of the course is covered with a formative and summative assessment, alongside full paper assessments in the November and March of Year 11 in the mock examinations.


“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine.”

Emily Dickinson (poet)

“Words are our most inexhaustible form of magic”

Albus Dumbledore  (fictional headteacher and wizard)