“I am determined that I would examine and study all things that are done in this world” Ecclesiastes 1:12-18


English is a subject in its own right for pupils to understand the language that provides access to the whole curriculum and the wider world. Through English, pupils learn to express themselves creatively, imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.
The study of English here at Mount Carmel introduces our young people to the literary canon, enabling them to access rich and engaging poetry, prose and drama from a range of literary periods. English is pertinent in supporting students in their social, moral, and spiritual development, consistently encouraging students to reflect on their own beliefs and values.

Implementation KS3    

KS3 curriculum

Our aim for key stage 3 is to instil core skills of reading and writing, spoken language and vocabulary development in a creative, relevant and inspiring way; complimenting previous knowledge and understanding of Key Stage 2 and mirroring skills needed to succeed at key stage 4 and life beyond school.

Topics taught:

  • Gothic horror
  • Conflict
  • Other cultures
  • 19th Century literature
  • American literature 
  • Poetry
  • Shakespeare
  • Speaking and listening

How will the subject be assessed?

At key stage 3, assessment is on-going by the means of continual formative assessment which takes place in lessons. Summative assessment takes the form of end of topic tests which are then used formatively. 

Implementation KS4    

KS4 curriculum:

For key stage 4, our aim is to ensure all pupils further expand their knowledge and understanding of reading and writing, spoken language and vocabulary development to the highest possible quality; equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. This will then maximise potential at GCSE as well as developing skills of language which are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

Assessment Objectives:

AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas 
select and synthesise evidence from different texts
AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views
AO3: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts
AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references
AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts
AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. (This requirement must constitute 20% of the marks for each specification as a whole.)
AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting
AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations
AO9: Use spoken standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

How will the subject be assessed?

Formal assessment at the end of the course is through the AQA examination board. At key stage four, informal assessment is continuous with formative assessment that take place in a cycle for both language and literature.  This formative assessment takes place in lessons and homework.  Summative assessments are calendared to check the progress, knowledge and understanding of each individual which are then used formatively. Pupils sit three internal assessments in formal conditions (PPEs) and these are used to inform additional learning support strategies. These are at the end of year 10 (May), autumn term in year 11 (January).

Enrichment and / or extra-curricular activities    

We provide a wide variety of enrichment opportunities in English to allow our young people to experience the literary works we study or write: 

Year 7 – Pendle Hill/Transition workshops
Year 8 – Author visit and theatre visit
Year 9 – Quarry Bank Mill
Year 10 and 11 – Bali Rai / Blood Brothers / Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde / A Christmas Carol / Macbeth / Borwick Hall revision residential 

We also run poetry, writing and reading competitions throughout key stage three.


Next steps (College, University, career)    

What can the subject prepare our pupils for?

The English curriculum encourages curiosity and debate, whilst also being designed to support all students in becoming effective communicators, critical thinkers and creative writers. After studying English here at Mount Carmel, students will have a broad and extensive use of vocabulary, enabling them to confidently present ideas in speaking and writing. These aspects, we believe, are widely applicable across the wider curriculum, whilst also providing students with the tools to succeed in further education, careers in a rapidly changing world.

English language and literature provides our young people with the foundations that offers a myriad of opportunities after school such as: media and journalism, librarians, creative writers, teachers, speech and language therapist or an editor. This is just a small selection of career options available. 

Additional resources:    

English Language specification:



Mr Bruff – YouTube   https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4
Seneca – English Language 
BBCBitesize/Revision World – past papers

English Literature specification:



MrBruff - YouTube   https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4 

https://www.gcsepod.com/ - compulsory revision

Seneca learning – all GCSE literature texts

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