Year 8 - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Bottom and Quince vie for authority

The English Department is a vibrant mix of dedicated teachers offering youthful energy, enthusiastic love of the subject, and wisdom and understanding through years of experience. Whilst we follow the National Curriculum we enjoy the freedom to develop individual approaches that maximise our strengths and provide a stimulating environment for our pupils. We aim to go beyond the dry requirements of a syllabus and encourage our children to explore their values and think independently and confidently within the context of a multi-cultural society.

In Year 7 and Year 8 students are taught in 3 streamed groups. From Year 9 we move to 4 ability sets, with particular emphasis on small groups for those who need the most help.

The table below shows an outline of the texts we are currently studying, showing a mixture of modern and traditional writers.

Current set texts – Key Stages 3 & 4

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 & 11

Ruby in the Smoke (Philip Pullman)

Skellig (D Almond) / War Horse (Michael Morpurgo)

Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)

At GCSE we are following the Eduqas (WJEC) syllabus. There are no longer tiers for English Language/Literature)

The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)

A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

Poetry Anthology – (Eduqas)

Much Ado About Nothing


Macbeth (Livewire edition)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Much Ado About Nothing

Just So Stories (Rudyard Kipling)

Holes (Louis Sachar)

Poetry from WW1

In addition to exploring the set texts, students will have the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills, explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and poetry throughout the school year and develop their experience of speaking and listening in a formal context. We encourage participation in public speaking competitions within the College and with other local schools.

Creative writing is frequently displayed around the College and children have their work published in the annual school magazine, as well as submitting entries for the Independent Schools Association essay competition and other national story competitions. We also participate in the Poetry by Heart national competition and BBC School Report activities, giving students the chance to be journalists for the day.

We take seriously our role as a core subject and we offer the children a wealth of opportunity to achieve their potential and develop their interests and skills in readiness to face the world at large.

Much Ado Mask 1

Much Ado Mask 2

Mask Making for Much Ado About Nothing