Exploring ideas
Narrating stories
Gathering evidence
Listening with sensitivity
Investigating meaning
Speaking with conviction
Having fun!

At The Urswick School, we are enthusiastic about the opportunities offered by English. Through their study of novels, students can expect to be transported to different worlds; through their creative writing, they can make words sizzle on the page; through discussion, they can discover. 

Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, our principle aim is to inspire our students. We have an exciting and challenging curriculum that is designed to enable our students to appreciate the varied richness of language and literature, to stimulate their curiosity and their enjoyment of the subject while making individual progress.

Through the study of a range of challenging novels, plays and poetry, we endeavour to raise the expectations of all our students so that they each fulfil their potential and achieve their very best. One of the ways in which we will achieve this is by making independent learning prominent. In particular, we have an extensive reading programme; Year 7s, for example, will be given their own reading logs to encourage them to develop good reading habits. English students are encouraged to produce pieces of extended writing for assessment and are given bridging the gap activities to promote progress and resilience. Everyone in the English Department has a genuine enthusiasm for the subject, which we hope to convey to our students.

Key Stage 4
At GCSE, we use the AQA examining board which offers two GCSEs: English Language and Literature. All students complete both GCSEs.

The assessment objectives aim to develop students’ analytical, interpretative and creative skills through their reading and writing of fiction and non-fiction texts. Students study a variety of different texts, including ‘A Sign of Four’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’ and the AQA Anthology; as well as develop their ability to write for different audiences and purposes. The new syllabus is exam-based, so there is an emphasis on close-reading and committing key themes, ideas and quotes to memory. Successful this year has been,‘Fire in the Booth’, where students match Macbeth quotes to a hiphop/R’n’B track and perform in front of their peers. We also have ‘Literature Leaders’ where older students support some of our younger students in their reading.


Key Stage 5
AS and A2 
English Literature