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English

During Key Stage 3 students are offered an opportunity to study a range of texts covering Media, Shakespeare, Poetry and Prose.  We also offer a tailor made curriculum in Year 9 in which students are able to experience GCSE texts, which are assessed with AQA criteria, as preparation for their GCSEs. 

At GCSE, students follow the AQA specification. The majority of students are entered for both English Language and English Literature GCSE with a small minority following the GCSE English route.  For Literature, we currently study the two core texts:  'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck and 'DNA' by Dennis Kelly, as well as the conflict cluster poetry from the anthology.

At A Level we follow AQA Specification A which involves the study of a range of World War I Literature at AS Level and exploring ‘Love through the Ages’ at A2. We also offer the new A Level in Creative Writing,  just released for first teaching in September 2013.