English Language and English Literature

The English curriculum takes students on a journey through literary history and time. We cover a range of topics, from the classics to contemporary literature. Our aim is to equip students with a thorough knowledge of their core English literary heritage, to provide a wealth of ‘cultural capital’, and to equip students with the complex skills of comprehension, interpretation and written and verbal expression that they will require in day-to-day life. To us, the study of English is a study of life and we encourage our students to question opinions, assumptions and bias whilst showing tolerance and respect for the viewpoints of others.

English Language and Literature are delivered as two separate subjects at GCSE in order that students can appreciate the differences between the demands of each.

Please click on the link below to view our English Curriculum Overview

English Curriculum Overview

The Library and Learning Resource Area

The Library is available for pupils and staff. It provides reading books, support and help for homework, coursework and revision.


Monday – Friday: 8.00-4.00

(Opportunity to do homework, coursework or quiet reading before and after school: 8.00-8.45am and 3.10-4.00pm)

We have a large selection of both fiction and non-fiction books. This includes the latest teenage novels, for example, Diary of a Wimpy kid, Hunger Games, Jacqueline Wilson, Vampire Diaries, Cherub and Henderson Boy’s. There are also many non-fiction books to enjoy, ranging from Guinness World Records, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Ghosts, Pets, Football and Optical Illusions to name a few.

  • A Book club on Wednesday after School to enjoy reading the latest books together. Sign up with Miss Barnett.
  • Book quizzes
  • A request and reserve facility allowing staff and pupil’s to order new books for our Library
  • The Librarian, Miss Barnett, is available to support and help throughout the School day. If you have any questions or suggestions please ask.



Library Activities

We have recently been given the title of Champion School in Accelerated Reading.   Well done to all of our amazing Accelerated Readers and to Miss Barnett!

Please click on the following link to access Accelerated Reader 


2018 Readathon


Stoke Literacy Festival 2017
On 8th June Miss Barnett, Miss Gould and 3 pupils went on a reward trip to the Stoke literary festival held at the Emma Bridgewater factory. On arrival we enjoyed the Emergency poet which was a unique idea of you lying down In  a real ambulance and you were diagnosed and treated with a poem to heal your symptoms. We then had tickets  to listen to Tim Smit entrepreneur and founder of The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden project. He was inspirational and very amusing! We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and the pupils received great compliments from out taxi driver and event organisers on how very polite and well behaved our pupils were representing our School. Well done Jessica Adams, Harry Challinor and Uswa Mirza.

Potato Book Character Competition 2017