​Key Stage 3

Topics Covered

​Year 7

​Year 8

​Year 9

​Modern Novel​Modern and Heritage Novels​Modern and Heritage Novels
​Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream​Shakespeare: The Tempest or Twelfth Night​Shakespeare: Macbeth
​Research: The Globe Theatre​Poetry: Ballads and Sonnets​Poetry: War Poetry
​Introduction to Poetry​Narrative Writing: Stories of Ambiguity​Narrative Writing: Gothic Fiction or Victorian Short Stories
​Narrative Writing: Fairy Tales​Non-Fiction/Debate: Animal Rights Issues​Non-Fiction/Debate: Capital Punishment or Modern Technology
​Debate: Media
​Growth Mindset


As you may be aware, in 2013 the Department for Education announced the scrapping of National Curriculum Levels for Years 7, 8 and 9. Schools were tasked with developing their own models of assessment. Whilst as a school we had reservations about the immediacy of this change we have welcomed the opportunity to develop a more robust form of assessment which, we hope, provides students and yourselves with a clearer indication of their progress. Previously, students were given a numerical score, or level. In isolation this provided very little feedback to parents, or indeed the students themselves. A ‘Level 5’, for example, represented a very broad range of attainment. Nor did a numerical score indicate whether it was a disappointing result for an individual or an outstanding achievement. We also recognise that labelling students with arbitrary grades or numerical levels has the potential to inhibit students’ potential both in school and the future.
Each subject area has spent time developing clear attainment criteria for Years 7, 8 and 9, focussed on the key knowledge, understanding and skills which students require as a foundation for their GCSEs in Years 10 and 11. These criteria are currently divided into four bands, Foundation, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced. 

Assessment Grid


Year 8 students visit the Globe Theatre.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)


​Course Codes

​Exam Board

​GCSE​Eduqas C700QS English LanguageEnglish Language
​GCSE​Eduqas C720QS English LiteratureEnglish Literature


GCSE Level theatre trips

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 and 13) 


​Course Codes

​Exam Board

​A Level​EdExcel 9ET0 English LiteratureEnglish Literature
​A Level​Eduqas A700QS English Language AEnglish Language


Year 12 London trip

Supporting Your Child in English

BBC Bitesize

BBC  First World War Poetry

Brain Pickings

Channel 4 Learning


Poetry Archive

Poetry Foundation