Miss R Gooch - Head of English

Miss R Phipps - Second in English

Miss A Noble-Campbell - Second in English

Mrs R Missouri - Teacher of English and Redbridge Lead Practitioner

Mr S Whitfield - Teacher of English and Cultural Literacy Co-ordinator

Mrs H Jones – Teacher of English

Miss A Stevens - Teacher of English


Miss H Hill – Teacher of English


Miss L McCarthy – 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 begin the year studying the great ‘Greek Myths’, harking back to the origins of story-telling and building students’ cultural reference points from the outset of their secondary education. We move through the history of English language and literature which takes us to Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. We study this with an in depth focus on themes and language, building on the narrative that many students may have encountered at primary school. The year ends with a poignant modern text called ‘Welcome to Nowhere’ which follows a young boy’s life as he becomes a refugee of war. Across the year, we incorporate a range of fiction and non-fiction writing, poetry from a range of cultures and maintain a strong focus on literacy and reading development.


Year 8


In Year 8, we increase the challenge and continue to build comprehension and critical thinking skills through a rich variety of texts. The year begins with a classic text, ‘Lord of the Flies’ which exposes pupils to challenging vocabulary, themes and contextual links. Students will then build on their knowledge of Shakespeare, studying ‘Hamlet’ with a focus on the complexities of the character and plot. The year ends with a deep dive into Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’. Students will analyse the iconic characters and be introduced to Dickens’ interesting and complex writing style. We interweave fiction and non-fiction writing and conflict poetry across the year. Using the data gathered in Year 7, we continue to develop students’ literacy and reading skills to ensure they are adequately prepared for the step into KS4.


KS4 Subject Content

Year 9, 10 & 11

Across the three years, we prepare students incrementally for the exams that they will sit at the end of Year 11. In Year 9, students study ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ – the perfect stepping stones to the GCSE set texts. They also study a range of short stories to help them understand ‘The Mechanics of Writing’: a foundational skill for both GCSE Language and Literature. Throughout Year 10, students study the GCSE Literature set texts whilst continuing to develop their writing skills. When they reach Year 11, students will continue to revise the Literature texts, but our focus turns to explicitly teaching the GCSE Language papers, using all the knowledge and skills pupils have accumulated over their school journey.


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 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 Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing. 


Qualification Name: GCSE English Literature

Exam board: AQA

GCSE English Literature asks students to study a range of texts that have shaped our history and culture. It is a challenging qualification, but it is also very complimentary to GCSE Language. GCSE Literature allows pupils develop their critical understanding of texts and requires them to respond thoughtfully and personally to a rich variety of texts. Students will study Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’ and a range of poems around the theme of ‘Power and Conflict’.


In order to be success in both GCSEs, students should read widely and often. The best away students can support their learning and their outcomes is by reading fiction and non-fiction texts. There are many books available in the library which students can borrow. The earlier students build this habit, the more successful they will be.


For further information please contact Miss R Gooch - Head of English - rgooch@redbridgeschool.co.uk


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