The curriculum must aim to meet the needs of all pupils regardless of physical, sensory, intellectual, emotional/behavioural difficulties, gender and social background, religion or ethnic origin (The Whole Curriculum, NCC) 1. As a learning area and as a school we believe that teacher expectations are paramount to the success of all students. The belief that all students are entitled to equality of learning opportunities is central to our philosophy and guiding ethos. 2. As English, Media and Drama teachers our philosophy is informed by the belief that the imagination is a prime human faculty and that its development is of the utmost importance in the growth of the individual and the health of society. 3. Imagination is understood in its widest sense to include sympathy, empathy, sensitivity, responsiveness and an urge to understand, communicate and participate; in other words, the central components of emotional intelligence, the faculty that has been increasingly identified as the cornerstone of success in the wider world. Encouraging its growth is the responsibility of the teacher in order to produce useful, creative and discriminating individuals. 4. Within the constraints of compulsory schooling, the exam board specifications and national curriculum and our duties as markers, we aim to work with a sense of the students’ linguistic and creative rights. We actively seek to ensure that all students can be involved in the activities within the classroom. This involves taking the students seriously as readers which is why all English lessons begin with a 10 minute period of silent reading.


For the sake of clarity and utility the overarching goals of the learning area have been distilled into five core aims;

  • To provide students with a set of useable and transferable literacy skills that can be taken into the workplace and wider world.
  • To foster an enjoyment of literature in all its forms and an appreciation of high quality media texts.
  • To provide students with the skills to decode the texts they are exposed to on a daily basis.
  • To help develop the confidence of students to talk effectively in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.
  • To provide students with the opportunities to gain appropriate and useful qualifications.


ALL English lessons in lower school begin with 10 minutes of silent reading.

Department Staffing

Mrs L Herbertson- Director

Mrs A Cotterell

Mrs V Whewell – Lead Practitioner

Ms L Quinn

Mr K Gatens

Ms T Johnson

Mrs T Cowley

Miss L Towers

Curriculum Maps

KS3  English Curriculum Map

Year 12 Literature Curriculum Map

Year 13 Literature Curriculum Map

Year 12 Language Curriculum Map

Year 13 Language Curriculum Map

Year 12 Film Curriculum Map

Year 13 Film Curriculum Map