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Carlton le Willows Academy

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Head of Department: Mr Ruffles (

English is a very diverse subject, important in its own right and the basis for so much understanding and learning across the curriculum. On a simple level, English encompasses the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, However the subject also encourages students to imagine, explain, describe, analyse, review, persuade, argue, inform and advise in both writing and in speech. English helps young people to understand the world around them through the study of media in all its forms, such as advertising, film, television, newspapers and magazines.

Students are encouraged to read literature both for individual pleasure and as part of the course. Novels, short stories, poems and drama, both contemporary and classic, are read and studied. A variety of teaching and learning styles are used to encourage collaboration with others and confidence in the individual as a speaker. Students are encouraged with personal reading and the development of study and research skills through library-based programmes of study and access to IT rooms.



In Year 7 students study animal literature, autobiographical writing, drama, short stories, letter writing, writing newspaper articles and an introduction to Shakespeare: The Tempest

In Year 8 students explore travel writing, the Gothic tradition, drama, short stories, writing an epilogue, webpage writing, poems from other cultures, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night.

In Year 9 students study adventure and mystery, speeches (writing to argue and persuade), drama, conflict poetry, Henry V, Richard lll, King Lear and the Merchant of Venice.

Lots of links to PDFs available online. Check some of these out


Lamb to the Slaughter, by Roald Dahl 

The Landlady, by Roald Dahl 

The Adventure of the Speckled Band, by Arthur Conan Doyle 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain 

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott 

The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll 

The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe 

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Grimms’ Fairy Tales, by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm 

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens 



At Key Stage 4 all students will take AQA GCSE English Language and Literature and will be assessed in speaking and listening.

The course is assessed by exam only at the end of Year 11 so students will be expected to undertake a thorough programme of revision throughout the two years.

Links to PDFs available online below. Our students study Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, An Inspector Calls, Frankenstein and Christmas Carol at GCSE.

Or they could try reading a different text for stretch and challenge.


Macbeth, by William Shakespeare 

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare 

Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare 

The Tempest, by William Shakespeare 

The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare 

Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare 

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Lois Stevenson 

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens 

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë 

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley 

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 

The Sign of the Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle 

An Inspector Calls, by J. B. Priestley 

Blood Brothers, by Willy Russell 

DNA, by Dennis Kelly 

A Taste of Honey, by Shelagh Delaney 

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 

Animal Farm, by George Orwell 

More information can be found on the AQA website by clicking the links below.


At Key Stage 5 students can study English Language or English Literature at A Level.

For more information click on the documents below.

 Please check out our GCSE English Language resources here: 

Please check out our GCSE English Literature resources here: