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Statement of Intent

The KS3 English curriculum is designed to develop young people who can both value and appreciate the power and beauty of literature and also equip them with a broad range of knowledge and skills that will allow them to participate in society beyond the school walls.

English Curriculum

Our English curriculum teaches pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. The curriculum is also designed to teach acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

In English we aim to:

  • Promote critical thinking, analysis and intellectual curiosity
  • instil a love of the written word
  • Empower pupils to exercise and develop their thinking skills
  • Support pupils to become critical readers and literate learners
  • Awaken pupils to their roles in society and in the rest of the world
  • Engage pupils from all backgrounds, interests and abilities
  • Enhance pupils’ speech and performance skills, giving pupils opportunities to articulate their ideas
  • Facilitate reflection of themes, values and context
  • Encourage life-long learning
  • Inspire pupils to use English in future study and careers

Key Stage 3 Overview Link

English Overview

Enrichment Activities

English enrichment activities are displayed on the Enrichment page.


Mrs F Fletcher: Head of Department, English
Mrs S Venables: Deputy Leader, English
Miss A Barry: Responsibility in English
Miss L Herridge: TLR for PP progress in KS3 English
Miss L Morris: Head of Literacy/Classroom Teacher, English
Miss C Thwaite: SEND Lead/Classroom Teacher, English
Mrs H Grisdale: Classroom Teacher, English
Ms E O’Reilly: Head of Year 8/ Classroom Teacher, English and Drama
Mrs C Phillips: Assistant Headteacher (Director of Teaching and Learning)
Mrs C Sergison: Assistant Headteacher (Director of Parent and Pupil Engagement)
Mrs H Lancaster: Classroom Teacher, English
Mrs J Mullally: Classroom Teacher, English

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