Key Stage 4


Students follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE specification in English Language and English Literature. Assessment will be through written examination.

Year 9 marks a transition to further develop skills of literary analysis and essay writing. We ensure the curriculum continues to offer creative and intellectual stimulus through the choice of texts like Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ and Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’. Students are challenged with recommendations in the KS4 reading lists. There is a greater emphasis on reading 19th C texts alongside non-fiction and media texts for developing evaluative skills and we also aim to prepare students for writing in timed conditions to prepare for the GCSE.

In Year 10 and Y11, students prepare for GCSE English Language Paper One (19th C Fiction and producing Imaginative writing), GCSE English Language Paper Two (Reading and Producing Non-Fiction texts) as well as for GCSE English Literature Paper One (Shakespeare and Nineteenth Century Fiction) and GCSE English Literature Paper Two (Post 1914 British Play and Poetry). They also prepare a talk for the Speaking and Listening Assessment. 



Looking forward to welcoming our students back for the start of the Summer Term this morning.