Welcome to the English Faculty at St. George’s School.

The English Department are a high performing team who are all passionate about teaching English; we foster a ‘can-do’ approach with all learners and have ambitious and optimistic expectations for all. All teachers establish a purposeful learning environment where the focus is on teaching and learning.

We have a breadth of experience within the Department, including exam markers, which aids our understanding of examination requirements and moderation processes.

We are a dynamic department who enjoy developing and personalising our curriculum to our students and National developments. We are inclusive and ensure we include a range of diverse texts in our curriculum.


Key Stage 3

In Years 7-9 our curriculum covers the full range of text types and we study a novel, poetry, Shakespeare play and non-fiction texts with all years in preparation for GCSE study. In Year 9 there is an emphasis on developing the skills required for GCSE as a transition to Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4

In Years 10-11 students study for their GCSE pathway.

All students study for:

  • Pearson Edexcel English Language IGCSE
  • AQA English Literature GCSE.
  • The majority of students sit a GCSE examination in English Language and English Literature, but a small number, whilst they study the Literature texts, may only sit the examination for English Language.

    Key Stage 5

    In Year 12 and 13 we follow AQA English Literature Specification A.


    All classes are taught in sets for English. Year 7 complete a baseline assessment when they arrive in September and this combined with other data is used to determine their set. Sets are reviewed regularly.

    Reading and Library Lessons

    We encourage a lifelong love of reading with all of our students and in Years 7 and 8 we have timetabled Library lessons to foster a culture of reading for pleasure.

    We encourage all students to read regularly at home and Year 7 and 8 should also be reading their chosen book as part of their weekly homework.

    Extra-Curricular Opportunities

    We offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities including Theatre trips, a Year 7 trip to Stratford Upon Avon, text talks at Universities and drama-based workshops.

    We also offer regularly enter competitions and enjoy activities for World Book Day and National Poetry Day.

    English in Each Year

    For more detailed information about how English is taught at St George's please select the appropriate year group below: