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At all keys stages the priority of the English Department is to promote skills for life, namely reading, literacy and spoken communication. We encourage all staff, across the curriculum, to engage with this. 


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students have a daily literacy lesson in addition to topic based English lessons which can lead to an Entry Level Certificate in Step Up to English. Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimuli and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop reading and critical thinking skills that encourage enquiry into different topics and themes. The content of Step Up to English also prepares the students for the demands of GCSE at Key Stage 4.


Key stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we offer a range of courses to suit each individual student’s needs. In Year 10 students who are not GCSE ready will study towards Step Up to English. GCSE Literature is also available as an optional subject.

It is very important that students have the skills and abilities to be able to clearly express what they learn through good written and verbal English. Our teaching allows students to research and present information well and will also prepare them for the future as they communicate and use English in every day and working life.


Post 16 

At Post 16 students are required to study English if they have not previously attained a grade at 4 or above.

In accordance with the latest OfQual guidance, those students who would struggle to achieve at least a grade 3, are offered the opportunity to work towards Functional Skills.

For further information, please contact Nic Blyth (email: