Head of English:
Mr Steve Collins
Faculty Coach :
Miss Stephanie Bracher
Team Leader KS4:
Miss Kerry Machado
Team Leader KS3:
Mrs Jennifer Sherlock
Teacher of English :
Mr Keith Allman
Teacher of English:
Ms Bella Blyskal
Teacher of English:
Mrs Sally Pilgrim
Teacher of English:
Mr Daniel Pilgrim
Teacher of English / Head of Otter House:
Mrs Jas Stone
Teacher of English / Head of Ridgeway House:
Mr James Vann
Teacher of English / Assistant Head - Student Wellbeing:
Mrs Louise Watson
Teacher of English / Head Teacher:
Mr Austen Hindman
Teacher of English & Latin:
Ms Chloe Barnett

Key Stage 3

The KS3 English curriculum at Bishop Luffa is varied, challenging, and centred on creativity. From Year 7 onwards pupils are encouraged to become confident speakers, effective writers, and enthusiastic readers. Pupils in year 7 develop their literacy through studying Language Awareness, The Class Novel, and an Introduction to Poetry. Year 8 pupils are encouraged to think critically about the world around them in their study of Shakespeare and War Fiction and Poetry. Year 9 topics provide both continuity and progression for pupils, including Language and Gender and Romeo and Juliet, which foster independent learning and connections with GCSE. Throughout KS3, there is a rich extra-curricular culture of reading and writing in which pupils are encouraged to participate, including the popular writing magazine Written Life, as well as public speaking and poetry competitions.

KS3 English Steps

Key Stage 4

Why study English Language and Literature

Everyone at Bishop Luffa studies both English Language and English Literature. You will achieve two GCSEs in Year 11. English is a vital subject for all to study, for, as the author Anne Fine says:

‘Without English, nothing. And without good English, nothing very well.’

At KS4, pupils will study for two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature. Both of these courses are designed to develop independent, creative thinking skills and the confident use of the English language, as well as encourage a lifelong love of reading. Pupils are assessed through terminal examinations. For English Language, pupils will read and produce both fiction and non-fiction. They will also be assessed in their speaking and listening skills. For English Literature, pupils will study a Shakespeare play and a classic text from the English Literary Heritage, as well as study poetry, both seen and unseen, and read a modern play. There are opportunities throughout the two-year course to attend conferences, watch plays on-stage use multimedia, and to write for the KS4 Magazine, Phoenix.

Outline of syllabus content

In English Language you will:

Read comfortably, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. These texts will include literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism

  • Develop your ability to read and evaluate texts – being a critical reader - and make comparisons between them
  • Develop skills to help you summarise a text and synthesise (select the appropriate) information or ideas from it
  • Magpie knowledge and ideas from your reading to inform and improve your own writing
  • Write effectively, clearly and precisely using Standard English appropriately
  • Use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • Build and use a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of subject terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Listen to, and understand, spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

In English Literature you will:

  • Build your reading range to include Shakespeare, a 19th century novel, contemporary prose, drama and poetry. You will read and evaluate these as a critical reader too.
  • Write about literature in a clear and coherent way and you will use accurate Standard English


Both English Language and Literature are 100% exam. There are no longer any Controlled Assessment tasks.

  • In English Language you will have two exams: Paper 1, “Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing,” is 1 hour 45 minutes long and is worth 50% of the GCSE. Paper 2, “Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives” covers non-fiction, is also 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 50% of the GCSE.
  • In English Literature you will have two exams, “Shakespeare and the 19th century novel” and “Modern texts and poetry.”

GCSE English Language exam specification

GCSE English Literature exam specification