Within English, students are provided with a diverse curriculum in order to allow them to seek their own passion and enthusiasm for the subject.


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 Curriculum and 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, 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.

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.

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.

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 Conflict’ 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.

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.


English Language GCSE

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing

  • Section A: Reading (Literary fiction)
  • Section B: Writing (Describe/Narrate)
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 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)
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 80 Marks

English Literature GCSE

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

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

Paper 2: Modern text and Poetry

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

Trips & Activities

  • 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


Mrs K Hutchins (KH) – Leader of English

Mr J Paige (JP) – Assistant Leader of English

Mrs A Hardwick (AH) – Assistant Headteacher & Teacher of English

Mrs A Dewar (AD) – Teacher of English

Mrs A Hoyle (AHo) – Teacher of English

Mrs M Wilson (MW) – Teacher of English & Leader of Whole School Reading & Writing

Mrs P Olliver – Learning Support Assistant

© Copyright 2017 Bourne Community College - All Rights Reserved