Mrs Katie Jones - Head of Department

Mrs Gemma Owen

Mrs Colleen Roberts

Ms Alex Hobson

Some of this content was created before Covid-19 rules were in force.


Our vision is: to support all pupils to develop the oracy, reading and writing skills needed for the world of work. Also, we hope to foster an understanding and love for a range of poetry, prose and drama.


The English department is located at the end of the middle block. Each classroom is equipped with interactive whiteboards, useful displays and a range of texts.


Each term has a theme and a range of tasks including oracy, reading and writing tasks, both fiction and non-fiction, designed to meet all areas of the National Curriculum. The texts we study include ‘Holes’, ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.


All students will gain a qualification in English Language. Some students will study Entry Level before moving on to GCSE.

Most students will gain qualifications in both GCSE Language and Literature.

Specification (English Language): https://www.wjec.co.uk/media/krviytuc/wjec-gcse-english-language-specification-2015-24-10-14-branded.pdf

Specification (English Literature): https://www.cbac.co.uk/media/ivcp2wsr/wjec_gcse_english_literature_-_specification_-for_teaching_from_2015_-_wales_only.pdf


At A Level, we offer WJEC English Literature which includes the study of poetry, prose and drama. The texts we study include Jane Eyre, Doctor Faustus and the poetry of Seamus Heaney and Owen Sheers.

Specification: https://www.cbac.co.uk/media/rwdp2iff/wjec-gce-english-lit-spec-from-2015-e-18-12-2019.pdf


In Key Stage 3, pupils are given a reading booklet and a ‘chilli’ task sheet with a range of independent learning tasks. These are linked to the theme of the term.

In KS4 and KS5, we provide a range of tasks including preparation for assessments; independent research; reading; examination questions.



In addition, the department offers a range of extra-curricular experiences including theatre visits, Talk the Talk confidence building workshop and participation in the Shakespeare Schools Festival.