English at Park is taught with a central aim of providing an interesting, creative curriculum to inspire our students.  Through dynamic teaching and use of up-to-date technology, our goal is to equip students with the skills they need to become competent, confident communicators in the 21st Century.  In recent years the department has invested heavily in new equipment to help support this:  we have a dedicated ICT suite, interactive boards, a range of still and moving image cameras and industry standard computer software.

At Key Stage 3 all students  study a core selection of Schemes of Work designed to inspire interest in the subject and equip them with the skills required for their GCSEs and life in the wider world.  All will have an opportunity to explore a variety of media from the traditional Shakespearian play to modern internet Media.

At Ks4, the majority of students study the Eduqas English Literature and Language syllabus. Students study a wide range of texts including poetry, novels, plays, non-fiction and fiction texts from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to studying a variety of texts, students are also required to write creative and functional texts.

As all assessments now take the form of terminal examinations at the end of two years of study, each component culminates with a mock examination in which students demonstrate their understanding of the content of the text studied and the skills taught.

The spoken language element is unweighted: the formal presentation will not have any bearing on students' overall grades.

We also offer Edexcel Functional Skills Literacy Entry Level for a small group of students. In Year 10 students focus on literacy skills that can be applied to every day situations such as letter writing, filling in forms and sending emails. Students studying for this qualification shadow the GCSE classes by reading set texts and studying extracts. In Year 11, the students study English Language GCSE.

English Language

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading Study and Creative Prose Writing
Section A. Reading of unseen 20th century extracts   20% - 40 marks.
Section B Prose writing - 20% - 40 marks. Exam length, 1 hour 45 minutes.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading Study and Transactional/ Persuasive Writing. Section A Reading - 30%  40 marks. Reading of unseen non-fiction texts.
Section B Writing - 30% - 40 marks. Writing of transactional, persuasive and/ or discursive writing. Exam length, 2 hours

Component 3:  this is unweighted

Students will be asked to give a formal  presentation or speech, which is reported as part of the qualification, although it will not form part of the final mark.

English Literature

Component 1: - 40 % of qualification - 2 hour exam
Section A -  Shakespeare 20% - 40 marks.
Section B - Poetry 1789 to present day. 20% - 40 marks.

Component 2:   60% of qualification - 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Section A  - Post 1914 Prose/Drama - 20% - 40 marks.

Section B - 19th Century Prose - 20% - 40 marks.

Section B - Unseen Poetry -20% - 40 marks.

Alongside our main curriculum we also offer a varied enrichment programme in English.  This includes clubs such as the school magazine, creative writing, Carnegie book shadowing, NACE debate club and writing for the North Devon Journal, along with a host of special events and competitions such as author visits and Short Story Competitions.  In addition to ‘in-house’ activities, we also offer several department visits a year; our annual Year 9 trip to the RSC at Stratford-Upon-Avon is hugely popular and recent theatre visits have included 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas'; 'To Kill A Mockingbird’ and 'A Christmas Carol' and the stage production of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’.

Curriculum Overview

KS3: assessed through twice half-termly Knowledge Quizzes and termly skills-based reading and writing assessments

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

MI6 Spies – Transactional Writing


WW1 Poetry


Victorian Gothic Fiction


The Tempest / Much Ado About Nothing


Fantasy Writing


Analysis of 20th Century

Children’s Literature


Speaking and Listening


The Island – Transactional Writing


The Play – Educating Rita / Frankenstein (the play) / Our Day Out / Death of a Salesman


Of Mice and Men


Creative Writing


Dystopian Fiction Analysis


Dystopian Writing


Speaking and Listening

The Avatar – Transactional Writing


The Victorian Novel – Hard Times / Frankenstein / Journey to the Centre of the Earth / The Hounds of the Baskervilles


The New Magazine – Non-Fiction Analysis / Writing


Unseen Poetry / Poetry Anthology


Shakespearean Extracts Analysis


Speaking and Listening



KS4:   Eduqas GCSE English Language and Eduqas GCSE English Literature – 100% examination

Year 10

Year 11

English Literature GCSE Component 2a

Post-1914 Prose / Drama – Lord of the Flies / The Woman in Black / An Inspector Calls (20%)


English Language GCSE Component 2b

Transactional Writing (30%)


English Language GCSE Component 1b Creative Writing (20%)


English Literature GCSE Component 1b Poetry Anthology (20%)


English Literature GCSE Component 2c Unseen Poetry (20%)


English Language GCSE Component 1a 20th Century Fiction Analysis (20%)


English Literature GCSE Component 1a Shakespeare – Macbeth / Romeo and Juliet (20%)

English Literature GCSE Component 2b 19th Century Prose – War of the Worlds / A Christmas Carol (20%)


English Language GCSE Component 2a 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Analysis (30%)


English Language GCSE Component 1b Creative Writing REVISITED (20%)


English Literature GCSE Component 2c Unseen Poetry CONTINUED (20%)


English Literature GCSE Component 1b Poetry Anthology CONTINUED (20%)


Revision Programme of all GCSE Literature and Language Components