English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects.

The English Department’s vision statement in collaboration with our pupils is: to improve standards of writing, including vocabulary, spelling and punctuation;  to equip pupils with valuable skills that enable them to complete any form of writing style or task, whether creatively at home, or in their school learning; to encourage pupils to read and analyse a variety of genres and styles of texts whilst recognising the importance of both modern and classic literature; to encourage pupils to speak confidently during discussion, presentation or drama settings, whilst listening attentively to the thoughts of others.


English Faculty Team:

Mr R Jervis– Faculty Leader

Mrs J Eardley – Second in Faculty

Mr J Renshaw

Miss L Broadhurst

Mrs T Dickinson

Mrs V Cooper (KS2)

Mr C Burrows

Mrs R Rose (KS3)

Mrs A Simpson

(Assistant Principal)


Mr PJones


Accelerated Reader

The academy has introduced Accelerated Reader which monitors pupils’ reading comprehension ages, the challenge of books being read and their understanding of vocabulary.  Pupils are encouraged to read daily at home to compliment the time given in the academy day to read regularly and a wide range of texts throughout the year from our well-resourced school library.


Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 2 and 3:

Key Stage 2:

The pupils in Key Stage 2 follow the new National Curriculum incorporating reading, writing, and grammar, punctuation and spelling activities.

Pupils in Year 5 consolidate and extend the knowledge and skills gained in Year 3 and Year 4 through a range of different themed units (see English Overviews)

Assessment takes place throughout the year for: Reading; Writing; Spelling and Grammar; and Spoken Language.

Pupils are set home learning each week, which could be a written piece, research task or learning activity. In addition to this, daily reading is expected alongside the learning of weekly spellings.


Key Stage 3:

At Key Stage 3, we follow the new National Curriculum. Pupils are expected to develop their reading and writing skills further.  Pupils embrace literature from different times, places and cultures, whilst writing for different audiences and purposes.  Assessment takes place throughout the year for: Reading; Writing; Spelling and Grammar; and Spoken Language.


Extra-Curricular Activities and Opportunities