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Study & English

We are committed to sharing with all students our love of the English language and its fantastically rich and diverse literature, whilst empowering them through the development of excellent communication skills.’

Mrs E Veall (Acting Head of Faculty)

In English, we teach students ...

  • To listen attentively, talk clearly and confidently about their thoughts, opinions and ideas, listening carefully to others so that they can refine their thinking and express themselves effectively
  • To read accurately and fluently to comprehend and critically respond to texts of all kinds, on paper and on screen, in order to access ideas and information
  • To write, present and broadcast a range of ideas, in a wide variety of forms and with awareness of different audiences and purposes; to communicate these ideas with accuracy on paper, on screen and through multimodal texts
  • To analyse, evaluate and criticize a range of uses of language in order to draw out meaning, purpose and effect

We do this through the exploration of the wonderful range of literary and non-literary texts drawn from across the whole English-speaking world.  We actively seek out dynamic and interesting examples of written and spoken communication that students can model their own work on, and we encourage active debate and risk-taking within a classroom ethos of respect, support and safety.  We know that it is crucial that all students feel empowered to explore their own responses to literary and media texts, and are properly trained to express their thoughts and reactions appropriately.


English Faculty Staff and Key Contacts

Mrs S Gregson - Head of Faculty 
Mrs E Veall - Assistant Head of Faculty
Mr C Edwards - Headteacher
Mrs G Saralis -Teacher of English
Ms H Heath - Teacher of English/SENdCO
Miss V Mercer - Teacher/Head of Year 9
Mrs B McNally Teacher of English
Mr P Denning – Teacher of English 
Mrs C Tucker – Teacher of English 

Key Stage 3:

Overview of the course

We love English and we want you to love it too! We strive to give all of our students the chance to take risks and learn in an enjoyable and nurturing environment.

Throughout your time studying English at Brighton Hill Community School, you will explore a range of prose, poetry, drama and media texts, discovering and unpicking the way that great writers craft their works. We aim to offer a wide variety of texts to study, both fiction and non-fiction, hailing from a range of periods throughout time. This exposure and study will help you learn more about the decisions that go into writing for different purposes, audiences and genres. Currently, our curriculum includes works by Wordsworth, Steinbeck, Shakespeare, Gaiman and Parker to name just a few.

You will also have the opportunity to develop and improve your writing skills having the chance to put into practise and try out the different techniques that you have discovered throughout the year. Each week, we have a lesson dedicated to teaching skills (in both reading and writing) and a dedicated ICT lab lesson. We also run the Let’s Think English programme throughout KS3.

Year 7

Life in the Wild
The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)
The Play (Bugsy Malone)
‘Shakespeare in Love’ An introduction to Shakespeare
I am a Writer 
19th C British Literature  

Year 8

Double Vision
I am Malala
Mystery and Magic – A short story study
Culture – A novel study
I am a Journalist
Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Key Stage 4:

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature 

Overview of the courses

Our KS4 course continues directly from KS3, following and developing threads of topics and building on key skills required for your GCSEs. Where possible, we teach thematically, linking and focussing on our examination texts through key concepts and building in skills as appropriate.

Year 9 is a GCSE English foundation year. Throughout this year we consolidate your KS3 learning and prepare for your GCSE examinations by introducing some of the key texts you will look at later in Y10 and Y11. 

In KS4 English you have the opportunity to gain two full GCSEs: GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language. We follow the AQA course and teach the two GCSEs concurrently throughout your three years of study. You will be assessed at the end of Year 11 by examinations (two for Language and two for Literature); there is no longer an element of internal assessment in this course.

During the course, there will be plenty of opportunities to practise what you need for these exams, with formal practice assessments taking place at regular intervals. Your teachers will give you lots of feedback on these, so that you know that you are making progress towards your GCSEs and what you need to do to improve even further.

Year 9

Blood Brothers
What goes bump in the night? 
Dystopia: Exploring and writing creative texts
Heroic Actions: Exploring and creating viewpoint
Nature and the Romantic Imagination
Tragedy Fest! (Shakespeare)

Year 10

Powerful Settings (Thematic Unit)
19th Century Novel: A Christmas Carol
Identity (Thematic Unit)
Romeo and Juliet
Early War (Thematic Unit) 
Memories (Thematic Unit) 

Year 11

Blood Brothers
Literature Paper 2 Prep
Language Paper 1 Prep 
Literature Paper 1 Prep
5 Weeks to go! Language Paper 2 Prep





Here are all the Faculties at Brighton Hill Community School