Key Stage 3

In the course of this Key Stage students are taught in mixed ability groupings in year 7, based on tutor groups and are then set in years 8 and 9. The setting is done within bands and is based on levels. Target-setting is built into this approach and student levels are recorded on the school’s SIMS system. Pupils prepare for GCSE by studying Language and Literature elements across the key stage.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 90% of the cohort follow both “English” and “English Literature” at GCSE level (WJEC board). Classes are set appropriate to their ability. Last year, 72% achieved A*-C in English Language.

Key Stage 5

The current years 12 and 13 are following the WJEC “English Literature” syllabus; The syllabus followed allows for students to show their strengths in interesting coursework approaches as well as in open and closed text exams.


The faculty arranges a number of educational visits.

  • Theatre Trips at KS3, 4 & 5
  • KS5 students attend University Open Days and experience undergraduate level lectures.

Students at KS5 take part in the Council for Education in World Citizenship debating contests; as a preparation for this the department has held debating competitions at KS3 and KS4 and it is hoped that now that the single lunchtime has been reintroduced these competitions can be revived.

Students at KS3 and KS4 take part in writing. Some students’ work has been published in poetry anthologies.


This is a strong department where examination results are regularly above the national average.


The department occupies an area in the Humanities corridor of the school and the mobiles that are just outside these rooms. Communication is easy as a result and the department benefits from a healthy team ethos. Every teacher is equipped with a tablet PC or laptop which is used for teaching. This innovation has helped the department to arrange and organise resources more effectively. We also have access to the internet and email, the latter greatly speeding up communication within the department.