Subject Curriculum Model

English - Years 7 - 13

Media Studies - Years 12 - 13


“In a world full of audio visual marvels, may
words matter to you and be full of magic.” Godfrey Smith

The Importance of English

English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English, students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Students learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.

Literature in English is rich and influential. It reflects the experiences of people from many countries and times and contributes to our sense of cultural identity. Students learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts, gaining access to the pleasure and world of knowledge that reading offers. Looking at the patterns, structures, origins and conventions of English helps students understand how language works. Using this understanding, students can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations, as well as appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and speakers.


In the English Department, we seek to develop four key areas:

Competence, Creativity,
Cultural and Critical understanding

Learning Journeys

Students progress through a learning journey each half term, gradually building confidence through
detailed feedback and target setting before completing an end of unit assessment.

Lessons are planned to be engaging and challenging, encouraging students to become increasingly
confident and reflective learners. A focus on improving skills ensures clear progression between units
and students develop personal targets which are routinely used in lessons to support achievement. 

A range of approaches, including talk for learning, drama, presentations and creative visual activities
are used alongside more traditional literacy work to help each student achieve their full potential.

English is more than reading, it is about communicating. Being heard but more importantly, being
listened to. We teach our students that anyone can make noise but only the successful will cause
people to stop and consider what they have said.

As a department, we believe that a passion for English and feeling of self-confidence enables all
students to achieve more highly across the curriculum.


“Go to your wide futures”
Grace Nicholls