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English Language, Literature and Drama

Across the curriculum, we provide our pupils with the opportunity to experience a wealth of Literature, which hones their ability to infer meaning and develops their understanding of social and historical context. Within English Language, we explore texts relating to the everyday world, encouraging our pupils to decode meaning and offer ample opportunity for students to write creatively. Students are also able to enhance their vital life skills through regular Speaking & Listening tasks, which are tailored to ‘real word’ scenarios. As well as Key Stage 3 students receiving expert Drama training, Drama opportunities are also embedded within our English schemes of learning to foster team work, collaboration and negotiation skills. Ultimately, we strive for the best in everyone.

Key Stage 3


KS3 students in each year group study a series of texts which are thematically linked. The texts studied include a play, a modern novel, a Shakespeare text and a range non- fiction texts. We also work extensively with students to develop their creative and transactional writing skills, as well as promoting the importance of speaking and listening skills through a variety of activities both in and outside of the classroom.


Key Stage 4


All KS4 students study AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature.

Regular assessment allows us to monitor progress and put appropriate support in place in order to ensure that all students achieve the best possible outcomes when leaving at the end of Year 11.


The English Literature texts studied at SCA include:

  • A Christmas Carol
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Power and Conflict Poetry


All KS3 students have one English lesson per fortnight where they access the Library and engage in a dedicated reading lesson. During these lessons, students participate in the Accelerated Reader programme which enables students to improve their reading skills, alongside promoting the importance of reading for pleasure.

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