The English Department’s primary purpose is to ensure students develop high order speaking, listening, reading and writing skills so that students can aspire to be the best they can be; this means they will be successful both in the school setting and the wider world.

We are committed to delivering active learning where students take ownership of their own progress and are supported by a team of enthusiastic and skilled English teachers. We wish to instill a love of both the English language and great works of literature in our students through our enthusiasm, enjoyment and example.

As part of the learning journey for our students, we ensure we combine curriculum, cultural and enrichment opportunities to support the development of the individual. We understand the importance of English to our students and incorporate influences from Key Stage 2 to Key stage 5 in order to support progression at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Students across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 study four hours of English per week. We ensure that we are equipping students with the skills needed for Key Stage 4 from the very start of Key Stage 3. In Year 9, students start to explicitly focus on Key Stage 4 content.

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 Schemes of Learning have been strengthened and mapped to Key Stage 4. We have also worked with local primary schools to ensure we have a clear path of progression for students joining us in Year 7. Each Key Stage 3 group have a topic text as a focus and reading, writing and speaking listening skills are developed and mastered through the stimulus of these texts.

We currently teach Year 7 in three bands with each band comprising of a top set and two mixed ability sets. Our Year 8 and Year 9 students study English in three ability sets and then three mixed ability sets below.

Key Stage 4

Students in Year 10 and Year 11 study the Eduqas specifications for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Year 10 are studying A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Other texts studied in Year 10 include An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Woman in Black by Susan Hill and a range of Anthology poems. Students study Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for their English Literature examination. We also incorporate English Language skills in our Year 10 studies.

Year 11 students revise and revisit key texts as well as explicitly studying English Literature in Year 11. We ensure students are working at a pace matched to their ability and the challenge of learning stretches students beyond their own perceptions.

The daily learning diet of our Key Stage 4 students ensures they develop as well rounded, robust learners ready for the world beyond Westhoughton High School.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Term 1Play Script: A Christmas CarolPlay: The Tempest/MacbethVarious Prose: Victorian Short Stories
Term 2Evolution of Story TellingPlay: The Prince of MistPoetry: Then and Now
Term 3Novel: Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or Private Peaceful
Play: Dracula Bram Stoker adapted by David Calcutt
Play: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and Shakespeare Enrichment