Or teacher in charge of the KS3 curriculum is Mrs Emma Leach.

The English curriculum at KS3 is varied and engaging, aiming to stretch pupils’ ability and imagination. We study 6 – 8 units each year ranging from gothic horror writing, to studying and performing Shakespeare and to exploring poetry from other cultures. The units are assessed for: reading, writing, literature and, speaking and listening.

Classes in Year 7 are taught in mixed ability groupings. Students with particular special educational needs are taught in very small separate classes to help them improve literacy skills.

Homework is set every week. Once a fortnight all year 7 classes have a library lesson to encourage independent reading and to gain library skills.  One lesson a fortnight is also devoted to literacy skills.

Parents often ask which texts pupils will be studying. There’s no definitive answer for this, however, the following information may help you guide your child’s diet of literature reading. Regardless of whether you read any texts from this list or not, we firmly believe in the benefit of reading beyond the classroom and encourage reading for pleasure whenever possible. We issue a list of recommended reading books to all KS3 pupils every July.

Classes will experience a range of texts and the class teacher will decide which best suits the group. Here is a list of our most popular texts:

Year 7

All classes will study Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and extracts from ‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl.

In addition they will study a class reader which could be one of:

·         Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

·         Once by Morris Gleitzman

·         Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

·         Tribes by Catherine MacPhail

·         The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

·         Wonder by RJ Palacio

·         Skellig by David Almond

·         Holes by Louis Sachar

·         Montmorency by Eleanor Updale

·         Trash by Andy Mulligan

·         The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyce

Year 8

Pupils will study one of the following drama texts:

·         Frankenstein adapted by Philip Pullman

·         The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde adapted by Adrian Flynn

·         The White Rose and the Swastika adapted by Adrian Flynn

·         The Canterbury Tales adapted by Martin Riley

They will study one of the following class readers:

·         Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

·         The Wish List by Eoin Colfer

·         Ostrich Boy by Keith Gray

·         The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine

·         Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

·         Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

·         Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

·         Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

·         Going Solo by Roald Dahl

·         Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

·         The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

·         The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time by Mark Haddon

·         Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde

All classes will study a selection of short stories, both contemporary and pre-nineteenth century titles, poems from other cultures and extracts from ‘classic’ texts by Charles Dickens and Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein.’

Year 9

All pupils will study Shakepeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, a further selection of short stories and poetry from different periods. Every class will also read and study ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck.

In addition, they will study one of the following class readers:

·         The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

·         I’m the King of the Castle by Susan Hill

·         The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

·         Witch Child by Celia Rees

·         Animal Farm by George Orwell