Faculty of English


Mrs K Holden - Head of Faculty

Mrs A Cunningham

Mr G Kay

Ms S Dempsey

Mr A Montrose

Mrs M Leatherbarrow

Ms C Chapman

Mrs H Hutchence

Ms D Thomas

Ms S Hussain

Ms F Dunlop

Ms E Davie


At St Peter's RC High School we are committed to ensuring that all our students become competent and confident young men and women, who are able to communicate successfully in all situations, with an understanding and appreciation of the world and their role in it through the study of English and Literature.

All students study English for five years. We engage them through the study of a wide range of literature, novels, plays and poems, both classical and contemporary. We are committed to the study not only of English Literature but of literature from other cultures as well as texts displayed on page and on screen, in images and in words. We focus on both literary and non-literary texts, exploring the ways texts are constructed, read, interpreted and used.


Our aim is to promote the development of literacy, based on the pleasures and demands of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We believe that the study of literature within cultural and historical contexts challengers students to articulate and defend ideas, to appreciate ideas different from their own, and to respect diversity. They are encouraged through their own writing to develop independent thinking skills in a variety of situations and for a variety of purposes.


KS3 Curriculum 2019-2020

Years 7, 8 and 9

In Years 7 and 8, pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. As pupils begin to prepare for the GCSE course in Year 9, we then set according to academic ability in order to ensure that every pupil is taught at a level appropriate to his or her own stage of development. All classes cover the same academic content. For those pupils with special needs in Literacy, extra help, either in small groups or individually is available, and similar help and support is provided for those pupils who are gifted at English. We also ensure that anyone who is not achieving their potential in English, for whatever reason, is given individual, personalised support.

In Key Stage Three we aim to promote a love of learning within English, whilst focusing on developing the skills needed for success at GCSE level. Pupils study a wide range of texts from a variety of genres, time periods and cultures.


KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020

Year 10 and Year 11

At KS4 we follow the new GCSE AQA English and Literature Specifications. Each qualification is assessed on 100% examination. Pupils are entered for the English Literature examinations in Year 10 and the English Language examinations in Year 11.


English Language consists of two written papers: Paper 1 requires pupils to read an unseen extract from a 20th or 21st Century fictional text, as well as writing to describe or narrate. Paper 2 requires pupils to read two unseen non-fiction texts (one from the 20th or 21st Century and one from the 19th Century) and compare writers’ views and purposes. It also requires pupils to write to present an argument or point of view in a given topic.

English Literature also consists of two written papers: Paper 1 - pupils are given extracts from a 19th Century novel (Frankenstein), and a Shakespearean play (Macbeth), and have to provide an analytical response. Paper 2 - pupils have to answer a question on a Modern Text (the play, An Inspector Calls) for Section A, as well as responding to questions on a range of Pre-studied and Unseen Poems for Section B.

In all examinations pupils are awarded marks for the quality of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Pupils are therefore reminded constantly of the importance of ‘SPAG’ in all English lessons, across other subject areas and during morning registration periods. The English department also leads on whole school Literacy incentives, including a new ‘Word of the Week’ policy, in which all pupils are encouraged to learn a new word and apply it to their work across school.