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.


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

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

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