English

StaffRole
Miss K. BeattieActing Head of English
Mrs V. DuxburyActing Second in English
Mrs R. McMurrayAspiring Leader of English
Mrs K. LawTeacher of English
Mrs J. KnightTeacher of English and Accelerated Reader


The teaching staff members have a well-developed team ethic, commitment and shared passion for their subject and developing pedagogy. They are totally committed to developing the successes of all students at Academy@Worden.

The overall mission of the English Department is to promote a love of English as well as ensuring college and career “readiness’’ through literacy.

Key Stage 3

The English Department at Academy@Worden is dedicated to fostering a love of English in our students.

Students are taught to understand and look for enjoyment of their studies of English. Therefore, our units of work have been carefully crafted to ensure an exciting, knowledge rich approach to teaching alongside the careful and granular teaching of skills.

The GCSE examinations at the end of Key Stage 4 are just one of our end points; we wish to encourage students to discover more about themselves and the world through examining various important works of Literature and recognise and appreciate the wonders of a good book.

As well as seminal Literature and classics, students will be exposed to a range of cultural poetry, great speeches and critical theory.

We endeavour to ensure that our students leave Academy@Worden with a love of English and a desire to study it further.

Year 7

  • Transition Unit
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Villains from the Literary Canon
  • Nature Poetry Anthology
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Boy 87 by Ele Fountain

Year 8

  • Non-Fiction Reading
  • Narrative Writing
  • War Poetry Anthology
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Gothic Literature
  • 'A Midsummer's Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare

Year 9

  • Non-Fiction Extracts
  • Narrative Writing
  • Love Poetry Anthology
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, our students study to take the Eduqas examinations in both Language and Literature.

English Language

  • Component 1: 20th Century Fiction Reading and Descriptive/Narrative writing
  • Component 2: 19th/21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Non-Fiction writing

English Literature

  • Component 1: Romeo and Juliet and Poetry Anthology 
  • Component 2: Blood Brothers, A Christmas Carol and Unseen Poetry 

Spoken Language Assessment (graded separately).

Useful Information

GCSE English Language - Eduqas - BBC Bitesize

GCSE English Literature - Eduqas - BBC Bitesize        

KS3 English - BBC Bitesize

Shakespeare Learning Zone | Royal Shakespeare Company (rsc.org.uk)

Resource (eduqas.co.uk)

Writing Mastery (arkcurriculumplus.org.uk)