English at Park is taught with a central aim of providing an interesting, creative curriculum to inspire our students.  Through dynamic teaching and use of up-to-date technology, our goal is to equip students with the skills they need to become competent, confident communicators in the 21st Century.  In recent years the department has invested heavily in new equipment to help support this:  we have a dedicated ICT suite, interactive boards, a range of still and moving image cameras and industry standard computer software.

At Key Stage 3 all students  study a core selection of Schemes of Work designed to inspire interest in the subject and equip them with the skills required for their GCSEs and life in the wider world.  All will have an opportunity to explore a variety of media from the traditional Shakespearian play to modern internet Media.

At Ks4, the majority of students study the Eduqas English Literature and Language syllabus. Students study a wide range of texts including poetry, novels, plays, non-fiction and fiction texts from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to studying a variety of texts, students are also required to write creative and functional texts.

As all assessments now take the form of terminal examinations at the end of two years of study, each component culminates with a mock examination in which students demonstrate their understanding of the content of the text studied and the skills taught.

The spoken language element is unweighted: the formal presentation will not have any bearing on students' overall grades.

We also offer Edexcel Functional Skills Literacy Entry Level for a small group of students. In Year 10 students focus on literacy skills that can be applied to every day situations such as letter writing, filling in forms and sending emails. Students studying for this qualification shadow the GCSE classes by reading set texts and studying extracts. In Year 11, the students study English Language GCSE.

English Language

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading Study and Creative Prose Writing
Section A. Reading of unseen 20th century extracts   20% - 40 marks.
Section B Prose writing - 20% - 40 marks. Exam length, 1 hour 45 minutes.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading Study and Transactional/ Persuasive Writing. Section A Reading - 30%  40 marks. Reading of unseen non-fiction texts.
Section B Writing - 30% - 40 marks. Writing of transactional, persuasive and/ or discursive writing. Exam length, 2 hours

Component 3:  this is unweighted

Students will be asked to give a formal  presentation or speech, which is reported as part of the qualification, although it will not form part of the final mark.

English Literature

Component 1: - 40 % of qualification - 2 hour exam
Section A -  Shakespeare 20% - 40 marks.
Section B - Poetry 1789 to present day. 20% - 40 marks.

Component 2:   60% of qualification - 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Section A  - Post 1914 Prose/Drama - 20% - 40 marks.

Section B - 19th Century Prose - 20% - 40 marks.

Section B - Unseen Poetry -20% - 40 marks.

Alongside our main curriculum we also offer a varied enrichment programme in English.  This includes clubs such as the school magazine, creative writing, Carnegie book shadowing, NACE debate club and writing for the North Devon Journal, along with a host of special events and competitions such as author visits and Short Story Competitions.  In addition to ‘in-house’ activities, we also offer several department visits a year; our annual Year 9 trip to the RSC at Stratford-Upon-Avon is hugely popular and recent theatre visits have included 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas'; 'To Kill A Mockingbird’ and 'A Christmas Carol' and the stage production of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’.

Curriculum Overview


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Pitching your Product


Holiday brochures

Narrative analysis

Class read

3 x writing assessments and reading assessments

3 x speaking and listening assessments

Short stories

Island project

Boy in Striped Pyjamas                         

Much Ado About Nothing

Media Analysis

3 x writing assessments and reading assessments

3 x speaking and listening assessment

Play study

Class read

Representation of Youth


KS4 transition unit

3 x writing assessments and reading assessments

3 x speaking and listening assessment


Year 10

Year 11

Unit 1 English Today CA

Reading 10%

Writing 10%

Unit 3 Creative English CA

Poetry 10%

Creative Writing 10%

Writing skills for section 2 of exam

Introduce Of Mice and Men and Romeo and Juliet

Unit 2 Exam Preparation 60%

Romeo and Juliet 15%

Of Mice and Men 15%

Non-fiction writing 30%



3 x Speaking and Listening assessments conducted over the two years


Year 10

Year 11

Language Unit 1 English Today CA

Reading 10%

Writing 10%


Literature Unit 3 Contemporary Drama CA

An Inspector Calls 12.5%

Romeo and Juliet 12.5%


Language Unit 3 CA

Writing for the Spoken Voice 10%

Analysing Spoken Language 10%


Language Unit 2 Exam 60%

Of Mice and Men

Non-fiction writing


Literature Unit 2 Exam 25%

Poetry – 15 set poems and preparation to analyse one unseen


Literature Unit 1 Exam 50%

Literary Heritage novel

Different cultures novel


Exam practice and preparation for 2 x Literature and 1 x Language exams


3 x Speaking and Listening assessments over the 2 years.