We aim to provide our students with the skills that will enable them to communicate with others throughout their lives, to inspire them to explore and challenge ideas from literature, film and the world of modern media.

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”

– JK Rowling

English develops the skills in written communication that will enable students to be active and productive members of their communities and develop their own creativity.

Through speaking and listening, students learn to communicate in a variety of contexts, both directly applicable to the world outside the classroom and in a dramatic arena.

Creative, challenging and thought provoking teaching modules develop higher order thinking skills essential to lifelong learning.

English promotes students’ understanding of the world around them and their cultural history and supports emotional understanding of themselves and others.

English is one of the core subjects in the curriculum and one which makes up the new English Baccalaureate. GCSE English is valued by employers, colleges and training providers as a benchmark qualification, with which students can access further opportunities beyond school.

Sets and groups

In year 7, students begin their studies in mixed ability groups. This promotes stretch and challenge for the more able and provides small group intervention for those requiring additional support with literacy.

From year 8, there are five sets, to enable all learners to progress within groups of similar ability and to provide smaller class sizes for students who need more support. This pattern is repeated in year 9. All groups are flexible and resetting of students continues throughout the year as they progress.

Curriculum requirements

At key stage 3, students follow the new key stage 3 curriculum requirements. In addition, year 9 students follow a programme of study which prepares them for the rigours of the new GCSEs, including covering some of the set texts at GCSE to ensure that they have sufficient time to embed learning and skills.

Key stage 3

Students focus on developing skills through creative schemes of work. As appropriate, each module includes assessment points for writing, reading, and speaking and listening. Students are graded to support mastery of skills and a grid can be viewed here which explains what students are expected to be able to do at each grade.

Grade grids – click on each title to download a copy

Life without levels progress reading grid

Life without levels writing grid

Students follow a planned programme of study and this can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Teachers use their discretion to judge the exact pace and content of these modules dependent on each group and their needs.

Year 7 scheme of work

Year 8 scheme of work

Year 9 scheme of work

What can you do to support your child?

  • Reading at home is essential. Help your child to select a book on a regular basis – their class teacher can help to recommended titles
  • Develop higher order thinking skills through discussion of news and current affairs
  • Encourage your child to visit some of the revision and independent learning sites listed below

www.timesspellingbee.co.uk – useful for supporting core accuracy skills

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/ – comprehensive English learning resources 


Exam board: AQA


English Language – GCSE 8700
English Literature – GCSE 8702

Contact: Mr Bingham | cbingham@tuxford-ac.org.uk, Mrs Hooton | ahooton@tuxford-ac.org.uk

What will I study?

All students study two GCSEs; English literature and English language.

In year 10 there is a focus on the English literature set texts; so that students can revisit and revise over the two years, in preparation for the examination at the end of year 11.

In year 11, there is much more focus on the skills needed for the English language examination.

Throughout the two years, students will be developing their accuracy of written expression and speaking and listening to ensure that they are well prepared for examination at the end of year 11.  Spelling, punctuation and grammar now makes up 20% of the final English language exam.

Year 10 programme of study

Year 11 programme of study

How will I be assessed?

  • English language – two written exams (1hr 45min each)
  • English literature – two written exams (one 1hr 45min, one 2hr 15min)

Useful sites for revision and independent learning


Universal Teacher

BBC GCSE Bitesize


BBC Skillswise