Department Staff

Mrs L Cavalier (Head of English)

Mr M Cavalier (KS4 Co-ordinator)

Mr J Hill (KS3 Co-ordinator)

Miss A Balakrishnan

Mrs L Bayliss (Whole School Literacy Co-ordinator)

Mrs J Byrne (Head of Year 9)

Miss C Cape (Primary Liaison)

Mr K Delaney

Mrs K Guthrie (Deputy Head T/L)

Miss J Lawlor

Mrs E Meadows

Mrs K Read

Miss N Taylor


The English Department is committed to supporting the work of the school to ensure that each pupil fulfils his or her potential through a rich, varied and challenging English curriculum. We endeavour to equip our pupils with effective communication skills, both written and oral, as well as an appreciation of our rich literary heritage.


We have a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts available for pupils to use as well as a growing library of moving image resources. We choose texts that we hope will inspire a life-long enjoyment of literature and a continued appreciation for the English language.


In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils are taught using termly modules which have been created to develop the skills needed for success at GCSE and beyond in both English Language and Literature.  Within these units we cover a wide range of poetry, plays (including a Shakespeare play), novels, a variety of non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century as well as looking at the moving image.  Some of the texts covered in these formative years include:

  •          Treasure Island
  •          Dracula
  •          Frankenstein
  •          Of Mice and Men
  •          To Kill a Mockingbird
  •          Romeo and Juliet
  •          The Tempest
  •         Macbeth



In Year 10, pupils then continue to develop these skills by studying the set texts needs for the AQA English Literature qualification. In addition to this, pupils will also complete the AQA GCSE English Language course in year 11, which enables them to use the texts studied for Literature to develop their language analysis abilities and to further their appreciation texts. Both courses allow pupils to develop and enrich their English knowledge whilst equipping them with the life-long skills they will need for further study at A Level and beyond.


Other Activities

Theatre trips

Visits from theatrical companies

Drop-in revision/ guidance sessions

Weekly GCSE revision sessions

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