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English lessons at Camp Hill give pupils a sensitive appreciation of the spoken and written word and equip them with the skills to skills to articulate themselves confidently in a variety of situations, in all walks of life.

Pupils are helped to become fluent writers who can use language with flair; confident and articulate speakers who relish debate; and perceptive and enthusiastic readers of a wide range of texts.

English lesson

Within English we encourage students to work independently, taking responsibility for their own learning, and also to work effectively with others in groups of varying sizes.

We explore a rich variety of texts and other stimuli, and pupils are given opportunities to debate, discuss, create role play and use media and ICT to develop their skills and learning.

The Department provides many enrichment activities including: creative writing opportunities, Poetry by Heart activities and book clubs. We enter students’ work in various writing competitions with pleasing success.  In addition, we endorse the importance of live theatre and run many trips to productions locally and nationally.

Key Stage 3

All pupils study English and English Literature at Key Stage 3 and GCSE, and cover poetry, drama, prose fiction and non-fiction.

A few of the texts we study include:

  • ‘Underground to Canada’ (Barbara Smucker)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Shakespeare)
  • ‘Our Day Out’ (Willy Russell)
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Shakespeare)
  • War poems by Wilfred Owen
  • ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry’ (Mildred D. Taylor)

10 Steps at KS3 Leaflet for Parents

Key Stage 4

All pupils study English and English Literature at GCSE, and cover poetry, drama, prose fiction and non-fiction.

A few of the texts we study include:

  • ‘Journey’s End’ (R C Sherriff)
  • ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ (R L Stevenson)
  • ‘Relationships’ or 'Belonging' (Poetry anthology)
  • ‘Macbeth’ (or alternative Shakespeare)

GCSE task description of a given “train” image
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Year 10: Battlefields Trip  – pieces inspired by the visit

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we offer AS and A level English Literature.

A few of the texts we study include:

Theme: Love Through The Ages

  • ‘Othello’ (Shakespeare)
  • ‘The Great Gatsby’ (F Scott Fitzgerald – for AS only)
  • ‘Wuthering Heights’ (Emily Brontë)
  • Post-1900 poetry anthology

Theme: Modern Times

  • ‘Top Girls’ (Caryl Churchill)
  • ‘Feminine Gospels’ (Carol Ann Duffy)
  • ‘The Color Purple’ (Alice Walker)

Theme: Texts Across Time (Non-exam assessment)

  • ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (Oscar Wilde)


Transition work for Year 11 moving into Year 12

Note: students in receipt of pupil premium who would prefer to work from a hard copy of the text can arrange to collect one from the English department.

The English Department is dynamic, hard working and passionate about instilling in all our girls a love of literature, of writing, confidence in discussion and an enjoyment of theatre and the creative arts which will go with them throughout life.

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