Mr R Taylor - Head of English

Miss R Gooch - Second in English

Miss A Noble-Campbell - Second in English

Miss R Missouri - Teacher of English

Miss R Phipps - Teacher of English / English Reading Coordinator

Mr S Whitfield - Teacher of English

Ms L Wilson - Teacher of English

Miss A Stevens - Teacher of English


KS3 Subject Content

Year 7


In Year 7, students are expected to create and build upon emerging analytical skills in addition to demonstrating a wide range of writing skills. Pupils are introduced to Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and a variety of contemporary and heritage poets, as well as some highly valued nineteenth century fiction in the form of 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens. Teaching is devoted to developing critical approaches as well as comprehension exercises to being to learn a love of English Literature and Language. In addition to this critical approach, pupils will have the chance to explore a modern text in ‘Wonder’, which incorporates and explores some of tough prejudices pupils deal with on a day-to –day basis at home and in school.


Year 8


Year 8 sees another shift in challenge and will build on comprehension and critical thinking skills towards a rich variety of texts. A second Shakespeare text will be explored and pupils will be exposed to Charles Dickens again with 'Great Expectations'. Developing craft and skill in writing will also be a key priority and pupils will have the chance to develop their own writing style through creatively responding to a novel. Our ‘whole text’ approach using 'Lord of the 'Flies' and 'Wonderstruck' will develop the pupil’s understanding of key themes that underpin English as a subject and give them a chance to show high critical thinking and evaluative skills. 


KS4 Subject Content

Year 9, 10 & 11

In Year 9 we aim to combine preparation with first-hand experience of GCSE Language and GCSE Literature. In this crucial year, pupils will explore a variety of the set-texts that make up the content for their exams including: Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, and a unit devoted to the study of creative writing for AQA English Language Paper 1. Whilst this will require some critical analytical skills, this Academic year is about securing a real understanding of Seminal British Literary achievement and having a deep and thorough grasp of challenging yet though provoking texts. 


Qualification Name: GCSE English Language

Exam board: AQA

GCSE English Language remains the key qualification that prospective colleges, employers and other training providers will look for. Across two 1 hour and 45 minute exams, pupils will be tested on their comprehension, critical understanding and ability to respond to texts whilst also demonstrating their creative writing ability. Whilst both papers measure all of these skills, Paper 1 focuses on Modern Non-Fiction and Paper 2 focuses on 19th or 20th Century Non-Fiction. These two parts make up each Section A of both exams, whilst both Section B parts are made up of extended Creative Writing. 


Qualification Name: GCSE English Literature

Exam board: AQA

GCSE English Literature has had an increase in status in recent years and remains very challenging but it is also very complimentary to GCSE Language – meaning the skills that GCSE Literature is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to develop their critical understanding of texts and resond thoughtfully and personally to a rich variety of texts including a Modern Play (Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’), Shakespeare, Dickens and Poetry. 


For further information please contact Mr R Taylor - Head of English - rtaylor1@redbridgeschool.co.uk


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