Mrs S Evans (SE) – Leader of English & Leader of Media
Mr J Paige (JP) – Assistant Leader of English
Miss K Brown (KB) –Teacher of English
Mr G Hughes (GH) – Teacher of English
Miss J Scott (JSc) – Teacher of English
Mrs H Hughes (HH)– Teacher of English
Mrs Ellman-Brown (EEB)-Teacher of English

The aim of the English Department at Bourne Community College is to recognise every student as an individual; seeking to diagnose and meet reading, writing and oracy needs. Despite being dictated by National examinations, we adapt the Curriculum to reflect our positivity and passion within every lesson. We believe that competent literacy skills, as well as creativity, individuality and determination, empower students to succeed.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Throughout KS3, Students are provided with a diverse curriculum within English in order to allow them to seek their own passion and enthusiasm for the subject. We have a range of English Language and English Literature topics delivered using a thematic approach so as to allow students to enhance their skills.

Additionally, we deliver an entirely individualised series of lessons under the format of ‘English Performance’. Within these lessons, students develop a range of spoken language skills to improve articulation, confidence and presentation skills for Key Stage 4 and beyond. This additional time is taught alongside the English Curriculum and allows students more creativity and expression within the subject, whilst reinforcing students understanding of a topic or text.

Moreover, we are an ‘Accelerated Reader’ school and this programme runs through Key Stage 3. Using the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme, our students are provided with a bespoke reading plan appropriate for developing their reading skills on a personalised level. This programme allows for students to be guided towards books which challenge and enthral them, whilst also considering individual ability and areas for development.

Students at Key Stage 3 are provided with 30 minutes of Library time every week, as part of their English lessons. Within this time, students are encouraged to read a range fiction and non-fiction text in a variety of styles and forms in order to enhance their own passion and enthusiasm for reading. Students should use this time, alongside time outside of the classroom, to read and engage with a range texts available within our extensive library.

Students of varying levels are encourage to become involved in our extensive extra-curricular culture of reading and writing in which pupils are encouraged to participate, including poetry and short story writing competitions, contribute to the school newsletter or become a member of the Bourne Debate team.


Trips and activities within English

Our regular programme includes:

  • Visiting drama companies performing Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 examination plays
  • Poetry conference
  • Carnegie Award
  • West Sussex Book Award
  • Visiting authors
  • Visiting storytellers
  • Celebration of National Book Week
  • Readathon
  • Writing competitions at a national level
  • Published compilations of students’ writing
  • Published student newspapers
  • Presentation of a holiday programme – oral assessment
  • Video conferencing with international links


Key Stage 3- Curriculum Overview

The curriculum plan for Key Stage 3 is as follows:

Year 7:

Autumn Term: ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ – English Language. Reading fiction and writing using a narrative voice/descriptive pieces
Spring term: ‘Gothic Literature’ – English Literature
Summer term: ‘Power and Confilct’ Poetry cluster/ ‘Private Peaceful’- English Literature/ English Language

English Performance:

Autumn Term: ‘Magical Mystery Tour’
Spring term: ‘Gothic Literature’
Summer term: ‘Power and Conflict’

Year 8:

Autumn Term:  Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’- English Literature-
Spring term: ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time’- English Literature
Summer term: ‘Me, Myself and I’- English Language- Reading Non- fictions and writing from different viewpoints and perceptive

English Performance:

Autumn Term: ‘Macbeth’
Spring term: ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time’
Summer term: Me, Myself and I’

Assessment: Each term is taught in two halves with the divide being that of Reading and Writing skills. Students will be assessed on their progress at the end of each half term. This information will be recorded as a ‘Most Recent Assessment’ grade and ‘Forecast’ grade, which is a culmination of all assessments and attitude to learning.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Within the English Department, we currently complete the AQA Specification for both GCSE English Language and English Literature. All students are entered for both English Language and English Literature GCSEs.

Due to recent changes to the English National Curriculum in 2015, with an increase in content and textual variety, our students begin the GCSE for English Language and Literature in Year 9. Students use the skills and passion they have developed within Key Stage 3 to excel within Key Stage 4. Whilst still using the thematic approach to the Curriculum, we have created our Programmes of Study to captivate and challenge students of all abilities to ensure our students strive for success within English.

As within Key Stage 3, students complete an assessment using the same structure and grading they will be provided with for the GCSE examinations. All students will complete a GCSE English Language and English Literature Mock exam during the summer term of Year 10. This structure allow us to ensure we have a clear understanding of students’ strengths and areas for development per foci, as well as to accurately forecast for the examinations. These grading are provided using the terms: ‘Most recent assessment’ and ‘forecast’.


English Language GCSE
Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing

  • Section A: Reading (Literary fiction)
  • Section B: Writing (Descriptive/Narrative)
  • 1hr 45 mins
  • 80 Marks
  • 50% weighting

Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

  • Section A: Reading (One Non-fiction text and one literary fiction text)
  • Section B: Writing (Writing to present a viewpoint)
  • 1hr 45 mins
  • 80 Marks
  • 50% weighting

Non- examination assessment: Spoken Language

  • Presenting
  • Responding to questions and feedback
  • Use of standard English
  • 0% weighting

Task: to create a persuasive or argumentative speech on something you love or something you loathe.

English Literature GCSE

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

  • Texts: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’
  • 1hr 45mins
  • 40% weighting

Paper 2: Modern text and Poetry

  • Modern text: ‘An Inspector Calls’
  • The poetry anthology: ‘Love and Relationships’ Cluster
  • Unseen Poetry
  • 2hrs 15mins
  • 60% weighting

Key Stage 4- Curriculum Overview

Year 9

Autumn Term:  ‘Travel the world’- Non- fiction reading and writing- English Language Paper 2
Spring term: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – English Literature Paper 1
Summer term: ‘Love and Relationships’ Poetry Cluster- English Literature Paper 2

English Performance:

Autumn Term: ‘Travel the world’- exploring non-fiction texts and concepts whilst improving Spoken language skills
Spring term: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – exploring the Shakespearean play in its truest form: as a play
Summer term: ‘Love and Relationships’- studying the poetry format and themes through spoken language

Year 10

Autumn Term: ‘The Classics’- English Language- Paper 1
Spring term: ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’- English Literature Paper 1
Summer term: ‘An Inspector Calls’- English Literature Paper 2

Year 11

Students within each class are provided with a personalised term-by-term plan throughout Year 11 based on the strengths and areas of development identified after the Year 10 mock GCSE exams.

During each half term, GCSE Language and Literature foci will be recapped and revisited to ensure all areas for development are addressed. This individualised approach allows students and staff to work cohesively to ensure that all students are full prepared for their GCSE examinations and beyond.


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