Head of Faculty: Ms R Littler

Throughout their time at Kirkby High School, students are taught English in ability groups. Teaching focuses on developing the key skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening.

In Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9), dependent on need, students have either 4 or 5 hours per week of English and homework tasks are regularly set. Homework consists of written tasks, reading, research, and revision.

Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

Students in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) are working towards two GCSE qualifications: English language and English literature. They follow the EDUQAS exam board. From academic year 2017/2018, GCSE English literature will be taken at the end of Y10 and GCSE English language will be taken at the end of Y11. Students have 4 lessons per week and homework tasks are regularly set. Homework consists of written tasks, reading, research, and revision. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. Students are expected to complete independent revision alongside set homework.

Throughout their time at Kirkby High School, students are taught the following key skills:


  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts
  • Explain, comment on analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views
  • Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts
  • Read and understand a range of texts to: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references


  • 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
  • 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)

Spoken Language

  • Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting
  • Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback to presentations
  • Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations

Overview of the English Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Language: Creative Writing Literature:Analysis of a play script Language: Transactional writing Literature: The Language of Shakespeare Language: Analysis of a prose extract Literature: Prescribed poetry
8 Literature: Extract from a novel Language: Transactional writing Literature: Unseen poetry Language: Comprehension of 19th and 21st century non-fiction Literature: Scenes from a Shakespeare Play Language: Analysis of Prose
9 Literature:An essay linked to a novel Language: creative writing Literature: Anthology poetry Language: Comprehension of 19th and 21st century non-fiction Language: Transactional writing Literature: Shakespeare for GCSE
10 Literature:Blood Brothers Literature:A Christmas Carol Literature:Macbeth Literature:Poetry – anthology and unseen Literature:Exam revision Language:Preparation for GCSE English language
11 Language: Component 1 Language: Component 1 Language:Component 2 Language:Component 2 Language:Exam revision


Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for English language is 601/4505/5

Link to Specification

The specification code for English literature is 601/5246/1

Link to Specification

Additional Information

Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:

  • Interventions – lesson withdrawal
  • Revision sessions – after school
  • Homework support – lunch and after school
  • Trips – theatre/ cinema
  • Reading Zone – quiet reading time after school and at lunchtimes

Teaching Staff

Ms R Littler Head of Faculty
Mrs W Lyons Deputy Head of Faculty
Miss L Shipsides Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator
Mr J Greenbank Literacy/ Communication Co-ordinator
Miss T Regan English Teacher
Mrs Z Smith English Teacher
Miss F Harrison English Teacher
Ms P Fitzsimon English Teacher
Mrs J O’Shea Cover Supervisor