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Brief introduction to subject aims/description

Staff: We love our subject. For us English goes beyond the classroom and examination results: we read for pleasure; we are natural communicators and know that our voice is best heard when we choose the right words. We will strive to pass this passion on to you. We have the highest expectations of our students because we know you can achieve more than you realise. In our work with others we are supportive: reflective rather than critical.  Constantly learning from one another we understand that education doesn’t end when you leave school.

You can expect to be encouraged, challenged, guided and supported by your English teachers.

Pupils: You are naturally curious and realise that asking questions is the first step to learning. You are independent and use your time, both in and outside of the classroom, to the best of your ability. With high aspirations you have a desire to be the very best you can be. You are supportive of others and recognise that you can always learn something new from those around you. You are determined and resolved in your approach to English; you know that real learning does not come easily and you are happy to take risks, try again and learn from your mistakes.

We expect our students to be enthusiastic, driven, reflective and thoughtful.


Head of Faculty:

Mr M. Howard

Programme Leaders:

Mrs G. Garner (Responsibility for whole school literacy)

Mr T. Knight (Responsibility for Key Stage 5 and Years 8 and 9)

Mrs M. Dean (Responsibility for Years 7, transition and Key Stage 3 Intervention)

Mr J. Tompkinson (Responsibility for Key Stage 4)

Mrs E. Button (Responsibility for Media Studies)


Subject Teachers:

Mr N. Tones

Mrs L. Brewer

Miss S. Ward

Ms F. Roe

Miss J. Moore

Mrs H. Graham

Curriculum overview including links to exam board specifications

Key Stage 3

Each class has 7 periods of English across a fortnight timetable. We work hard to foster a love of reading during Key Stage 3, with one session each week taking place in the LRC. In addition, we carefully select our key texts to ensure students are engaged as well as challenged. Learners in Year 7, 8 and 9 are taught in mixed ability sets. Regular monitoring of progress occurs during the year using common assessments for each topic and external national assessments. Our Year 9 curriculum is a transition year to GCSE – we do not teach the texts of the GCSE course but focus on preparing learners by ensuring skills and knowledge required for success at GCSE are embedded.

Learners receive homework regularly with Homework Takeaways set for each topic we study. This allows learners to choose the types of homework which they will enjoy completing and which will be the most beneficial for them. In addition, learners also improve their vocabulary and reading by following the Bedrock Learning programme. This website helps learners to learn very important academic vocabulary. As learners progresses through the curriculum, they will study hundreds of words, whilst reading fiction and non-fiction texts regularly. For more information, visit: Finally, all learners are expected to have a reading book with them every day in school and be reading for at least 1 hour each week.

Year 7 Curriculum Map 2021-22

Year 8 Curriculum Map 2021-22

Year 9 Curriculum Map 2021-22

Key Stage 4

Learners are placed in mixed ability classes. Our Key Stage 4 learners pursue the AQA qualifications.  Our teaching time is 9 hours per fortnight in Year 10 and 8 hours per fortnight in Year 11 to deliver the English Literature and English Language GCSEs. A small number of selected learners also undertake the Step Up to English qualifications to ensure that all learners attain at least one qualification in English.

The English Language course consists of 2 papers taken at the end of the two years assessing learners’ ability to read and respond to both fiction and non-fiction texts and their ability to write to describe and to express an opinion. In addition, there is a Spoken Language presentation which is assessed by the class teacher.

The English Literature course consists of 2 papers taken at the end of the course. These provide learners the opportunity to show their understanding of a Modern Text, a Shakespearean tragedy, a 19th century novel and Poetry that they have studied from an anthology and ones that they have not seen before.

The link to the AQA website can be found here.

Learners continue to receive homework with Homework Takeaways set for each topic. In addition, learners are provided with log-ins to enable them to access resources developed by PiXL, Seneca Learning and Century Tech. There are also study guides provided by York Notes and CGP. Finally, there is a lot of support on a variety of websites – BBC Bitesize and Mr Bruff lectures and YouTube videos are often popular with learners.

Year 10 Course Outline 2021-22

Year 11 Course Outline 2021-22

Media Studies

In September 2018, we launched a GCSE in Media Studies. Learners are places in mixed ability classes and pursue the Eduqas qualification. Our teaching time is 4 hours per fortnight.

The Media Studies course consists of two papers taken at the end Year 11. These cover: Television, Film, Advertising, Magazines, Newspapers, Radio, and Video Games. In addition to the linear examinations, the learners must also complete a non-examination assessment. Currently, this is focused on the production of print media.

The link to the Eduqas website can be found here:

Learners receive regular homework focusing on the topic being covered at the time. Homework may be written or practical. Extra support can be gained from the BBC GCSE Bitesize website. 

Key Stage 5

English is a popular choice amongst learners and we deliver as part of the joint provision with the Co-op Academy Priesthorpe. We offer English Language (AQA) and English Literature (AQA Specification B). We also offer GCSE resit classes for learners who have yet to attain a Grade 4 in English Language.

A-Level Language learners study how writers represent ideas through language, developing key skills of analysis, interpretation and comparison that are useful well beyond the subject itself. Writing tasks focus on conveying and exploring opinions, targeting specific audiences in appropriate styles, both though shorter exam tasks and through more extended Non-Exam Assessment, which also allows learners to explore a language issue of their choice in a detailed and developed way. In Year 13, learners go on to study the variety of Englishes used across the world, in different occupations and among different age groups. Final assessment is based on 2 exams, plus the Non-Exam Assessment portfolio.

For further details please refer to:

A-Level Literature learners cover a range of poetry, prose and drama, focusing on elements of tragedy, moving in Year 13 to look also at social and political protest writing.  In addition, we study a range of literary critical theory and independent interpretation, leading to a Non-Exam Assessment in the form of two essays each linked to different texts and to the critical theory anthology. Again, the interpretative, analytical and evidential skills involved will prove useful well beyond the subject itself. Final assessment is based on 2 exams, plus the Non-Exam Assessment portfolio.

For further details please refer to the course summary and/or to:


We believe it is important to try to engender an enjoyment of all aspects of Literacy through English and we look for opportunities for learners to develop these skills in competitions and trips and visits. For example, in recent years, we arranged for Theatre Trips to The Globe Theatre in London to see Macbeth, An Inspector Calls, Romeo and Juliet, a visit to Poetry Live and the Into Film Festival, a performance of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the BBC School Report and our learners participated in the Ilkley Festival Poetry Slam (narrowly missing out on retaining our crown from 2018.) Students across Key Stages are invited to be a part of the Crawshaw News Team, learning key skills for critical questioning and writing informatively about Crawshaw News, as well as discussing national and international issues which affect young people today. We encourage as many learners as possible to take part in all the opportunities we offer.

Homework Autumn Term 2021

Year 7 - Bone Sparrow

Year 8 - Macbeth

Year 9 - Of Mice and Men

Year 10 - Romeo and Juliet