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All pupils and students at Hagley Catholic High School follow a taught course of English. The Department is made up by ten specialist teachers who are fully committed to the education of the pupils:

  • Ms E Barrett - Subject Leader of English
  • Miss R Mason - Subject Leader of English (Maternity Cover)
  • Miss B Arnott - Acting Assistant Subject Lead with responsibility for KS4 and A level English Language (Maternity Cover)
  • Mrs N Hackett - Assistant Principal DSL; Teacher of English
  • Mrs L Clements - Assistant Subject Leader of English with KS4 / A Level Language responsibility
  • Mrs K Morris - Vice Principal, Director of Sixth Form, Teacher of English
  • Mrs M Aitken-Lomax - Head of Year 8 , Teacher of English with responsibility for whole school literacy
  • Mrs C Fitzpatrick - Teacher of English
  • Mr I Hall - Temporary Cover Teacher of English


Year 7

Prose Study

Poetry from Other cultures

Inspiring Curiosity


Shakespeare Study

Treasure Island


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 

A selection of poems from other cultures

A range of extracts of Children's fiction

Myths and Legends

A selection of a range of extracts designed to introduce students to Shakespearean language and context.


Year 8

Prose Study

War Poetry

Transactional Writing (Hero)

Non-Fictional Unit (Villain)

Study of Shakesspeare

The woman in black or A selection of Short Stories A Selection of War Poems Developing speech, formal letter
and journal writing around the theme of what makes a hero
A series of non-fiction articles and extracts with a focus on reading skills Julius Caesar or Richard III


Year 9

Descriptive writing focusing on identity

A series of extracts from Victorian Literature

English Language Paper 2 unit focusing on mental Health

A selection of unseen poems

Shakespeare study of either Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet

During the year, pupils will be assessed on their written skills, reading comprehension and spoken English tasks.

At the end of the year, pupils will be assessed by a reading and writing exam in class, in addition to ongoing assessments of written skills, reading comprehension and spoken English tasks.

W = writing assessment  R = reading assessment SpE = Spoken English assessment.


Key Stage 4

English Language & English Literature

AQA GCSE English Language and Literature course overview

 GCSE English Language

Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing: 1 hr 45mins, 50% of GCSE Language

Paper 2 Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives: 1 hr 45mins, 50 % of GCSE Language


GCSE English Literature

Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel: 1hr 45mins, 40% of GCSE  Literature

Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry: 2hrs 15 mins, 60% of GCSE Literature


NEA: spoken Language

 The texts studied at GCSE and suggested study

Students are advised to purchase their own copies of their set text and also study guides to help support their studies. We would recommend the Oxford edition for the set text and either York Notes or CGP for a suitable study guide.

  •  Shakespeare - Macbeth
  • 19th Century Novel - A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • Modern Text - An Inspector Calls, Lord of the Flies or AQA Short Stories
  • AQA Poetry Anthology -  Love and relationships or Power and Conflict

Year 10


GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Macbeth

GCSE English Language Paper 2: Persuasive writing

NEA Speaking and Listening



GCSE English Literature Paper 2: An Inspector Calls, Short Stories or Lord of the Flies

GCSE English Language Paper 1: Writing to describe/narrate



GCSE English Language Paper 1: Mock preparation

GCSE Lit Paper 2: Poetry 


Year 11

English Literature Paper 2 (Poetry)

English Language Paper 2 for the PiXL mock

Revisit and revision of all papers.



Key Stage 5


English Language

What you study

Paper 1: Language the individual and Society 2hrs 30 minutes

Paper 2: Language diversity and Change 2hrs 30 minutes

Non-Exam Assessment (Language Investigation and Original Writing)


How you study

You will study English Language through class teaching. There will also be individual investigation of texts with teacher support and guidance. There is plenty of opportunity to discuss issues and ideas and you will be expected to connect this with your experience of language and research by linguists. You will be expected to carry out wider reading and to complete tasks independently.

English Language will enable you to:

  • experience and respond to a range of texts through discussion, analysis and creative writing
  • explore how purpose, audience and context impact upon language
  • use linguistic methods to investigate a variety of texts and apply these within your own work.


Progression To University

English Language can lead to a wide range of options when you progress to university including English degrees, Teaching and Journalism.

Effective communication and articulation of ideas are both essential work skills and highly valued by employers.


 A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 including Language at grade 6.


A-Level English Literature


AQA A Level English Literature Specification A (7712)

What You Study

The students will study a range of texts from different contexts and belonging to different genres. Texts in the first year will range from William Shakespeare’s Othello to Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and in the final year from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar named Desire to Sylvia Plath’s Ariel.

How You Study

The teachers will devise a range of activities to facilitate learning and this is based on students working independently inside and outside of the classroom. The critical reading of English Literature texts, beyond the set examination texts, will enhance the opportunity for students to develop their understanding of writers’ methods, the basis for success in English Literature.

Visits to the theatre for the study of the interpretation of texts are organised although students should, where possible, visit the theatre, art galleries, cinema and participate in other cultural opportunities as they arise.

The English department provides challenge and aims to develop confident, independent and reflective readers of a range of texts. The ability to self-reflect and approach texts with an open mind will challenge student preconceptions and the ways in which texts can be read.

 Progression To University

Success in studying English at university can lead to a variety of careers, not least in Law, Finance, Teaching and Media. Students trained to work independently, to think carefully, and to argue points of view succinctly and with precision are always in demand.



Given the very demanding works of literature that must be studied independently, a grade 6 in English Literature would provide the basis for success