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Welcome to the English Department 

Mission Statement:



The English Department exists to enable students to excel in their use and understanding of the English language, fostering articulacy, confidence and skill in writing, and a lifelong enjoyment of reading.

What is English really like at CCW? 

Director of English:

Mrs K Gee

Other members of the Department:

Mr S Gardner, Mr B Holliday, Mr K Adkins, Miss H Booth, Mr B Eyres, Mr M Fenwick, Mrs J Fuller, Mrs E Jay, Mr S Scales, Mr C Williams.




















Key Stage 3

English at Key Stage 3 is a bridge between primary school and GCSE. The skills are not new, although the texts will be. KS3 is a journey to independence, as a reader, a writer, a lifelong user of language.

  • Year 7 students continue to focus on their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, including the basics such as handwriting, spelling and punctuation. We expect all students to maintain their reading for pleasure as well as exploring a range of fiction and non fiction texts such as “Holes”, Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Frankenstein”, pre-20th Century adverts and letters as well as and other texts with their teachers.  In term 1, students will read a variety of no fiction texts and poems as part of the ‘Welcome to Whitstable’ unit.
  • Year 8 students study “Private Peaceful” alongside war poetry and “Macbeth” in depth, as well as a range of Gothic stories ‘with a twist’. They write in a range of styles for a range of audiences, with increasing sophistication and independence. 
  • Year 9 students begin to focus on the skills required at GCSE, as well as practising typical GCSE type tasks. They study “Hound of the Baskervilles” and “Macbeth” by Shakespeare, as well as a range of poetry and non-fiction texts.  In term 6, we will be studying the Willy Russell play “Blood Brothers”, analysing character development and how the narrative of the play is structured.  By the end of Key Stage 3 students have the confidence and resilience for GCSE. 
  • Extended Learning tasks build the ability to work independently on a range of skills:  reading, writing, research or performance. It also offers students a chance to spend longer on their work or go beyond expectations. Additionally, reading for pleasure is central to students’ educational success. Good readers learn to read and read to learn. Reading – anything students enjoy counts – for 15 minutes a day is the best Extended Learning.

Key Stage 4

  • GCSE English Language - AQA

AQA English Language  www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

  • GCSE English Literature – AQA
  • GCSE Film Studies - WJEC

Key Stage 5

  • GCE AS/A2 English Literature B (7716)