• English 1
  • English 4
  • English 2
  • Media and Film 1
  • English 3


Head of Department: Mrs C Christie

Key Stage 3 Coordinator - Mr A Janalli      Key Stage 3 quick link

Key Stage 4 Coordinator - Miss R Dewey  Key Stage 4 quick link

Key Stage 5 Coordinator -  Mrs L Randall  Key Stage 5 quick link



The English Department at Warlingham School is a large department, comprising ten subject specialists. The department offers English and English Literature at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, including GCSE English and GCSE English Literature.  English Literature is offered at A Level. We are committed to sharing our passion for the subject and take pride in promoting a love of Literature and encouraging students to relish the infinite complexity of language. 
Classes at all Key Stages 3 and 4 are taught in broad sets to allow our students to work to the highest level that each can attain. The department has its own iPads and interactive whiteboards, and has access to a wide range of ICT resources. A love for literature is fostered through the enthusiasm and expertise of our specialist staff, with plenty of opportunities for discussion, as we place a high value on each student's personal response.

Each student has access to a rich cultural experience as we offer the opportunity to participate in an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities. Every year the department organises many theatre trips and study days for KS5 students. We also arrange a programme of in-school Drama workshops, talks and writing workshops by visiting authors, as well as a wide range of lunch time clubs to cater for all enthusiasms.

We share with the students our own love of reading, circulating detailed reading lists for KS3 and KS4.  Each year group at Key Stage 3 enjoys a Reading lesson once a fortnight, following a central reading programme.

Please see our Key Stage 3 Reading List, Key Stage 4 Reading List and Key Stage 5 Reading List

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Our Ethos:

Warlingham School English department is committed in ensuring ALL pupils make better than expected progress across all Key Stages in the subject of English. We uphold and display the values of the school and encourage the pupils to also CHALLENGE themselves at every possible opportunity within our subject area. We aim to deliver outstanding lessons to every pupil, every day.

Our Values:

Learning takes place in a purposeful and well-disciplined environment in which students are encouraged to show COMMITMENT, COURAGE and KINDNESS.

Our Aim:

To promote an enjoyment of learning and celebration of achievement and to ensure that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential by having high expectations and creating opportunities and experiences to prepare them for successful and fulfilling adult lives.

Our Mission Statement:

We take pride in promoting a love of Literature and encouraging students to relish the infinite complexity of language.  We inspire students to be enthusiastic about their own learning and to take responsibility for their own progress, whilst boosting their self-confidence and nurturing deep thinking in an environment where respect and tolerance for self and others is embedded and students are not afraid to ask questions.  We strive to help pupils to develop an understanding of their role, place and relevance in the wider world and equip students with literacy and grammar skills that will enable them to communicate effectively and thrive in the real world.

English Key Stage 3

  • In all years of Key Stage 3, students develop literacy and proofreading skills through a systematic programme literacy based lessons once per fortnight, as well as embedded in  every day teaching through learning outcomes, reading and testing of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • The curriculum is text-based, and skills of comprehension, reference, inference and analysis are taught and assessed through our reading of literature.
  • Writing for purpose, audience and effect is modelled through the study of great fiction and non-fiction writing, and also through activities with practical application such as blogging, writing a business letter and reviewing.
  • Skills of Spoken Language are taught and assessed through a range of focused activities which include, presentation, discussion and role-play.
  • Click here for details of our Key Stage 3 Literacy Mapping

Year 7

Term 1: Detective Fiction: A close focus on Arthur Conan Doyle

Term 2:  Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Term 3: Love and relationship poetry

In English we will be beginning with some challenging, yet rewarding extracts from famous detective stories, which will aim to introduce students to the 19th Century fiction style, which is so prominent in the new GCSE course. Pupils will then move on to an exploration of Macbeth which will be introducing them to the style of Shakespeare and some of the key terminology necessary for analysis. Finally, pupils will be exploring poetry about various types of relationships. The pupils will be taught the skills of annotations, analysis and personal explorations of meanings and themes.

Click here for Year 7 Spellings

Year 8

Term 1: A Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-time (Play script) By Simon Stephens and Creative Writing.

Term 2: Conflict Poetry and Dystopian Fiction

Term 3: Detective Fiction: A close focus on Arthur Conan Doyle

Pupils will begin by being introduced to a modern play script, they will be shown how to explore stage directions, analyse dialogue and develop an understanding of key themes, whilst linking to context. Pupils will then be focused on creative writing skills, learning to use language techniques, as well as sophisticated vocabulary and punctuation to engage a reader. Pupils will then move on to developing their skills on poetry. They will look at a variety of poems and explore how to annotate, analyse and compare. In the second half of Term 2 students are introduced to the exciting topic of Dystopia, where they learn some of the skills of inference and analysis.  Finally, pupils will look at 19th Century extracts and short stories from the Sherlock Holmes collection. This will familiarise students with the 19th Century style as well as the key skills for the GCSE English Language Paper 1. 

Year 9

Term 1: Of Mice and Men

Term 2: Gothic Literature

Term 3: Romeo and Juliet

Pupils begin by exploring the Gothic Genre with a specific look at a variety of stories from the 19th Century. Pupils will be given extracts to analyse using key terminology. Pupils will also have the opportunity to write creative gothic stories and extracts. In the second term pupils will be studying ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck. They will read the novel in class and learn to pick out key themes, and quotes, analysing how the writer using language form and structure to shape meaning. Finally, pupils will be introduced to their first GCSE text. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ By William Shakespeare will be introduced in Year 9, giving pupils a head start for their final year 11 Literature Paper 1 section A question. Pupils will be required to have a clear understanding of plot, themes and extract analysis.

The mapping and assessments across Key Stage 3 match the GCSE core skills. Pupils will be developing knowledge of key terminology, analytical skills, annotations and planning. Over each term pupils will be given opportunities to revise creative writing skills, as well as developing non-fiction reading and writing skills through related texts.

Click here for Year 9 Spellings

All students, in every year group, will sit a controlled assessment every half-term. This will be linked to the topic of study for that half-term.

English Key Stage 4  - AQA English Language and Literature (Specification at a glance)


All assessments are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment.  All assessments are compulsory.

Click here GCSE English - How to Support Your Child

Click here for details of Key Stage 4 Literacy Mapping

Click here to view Year 10 Spellings

Click here to view Year 11 Spellings

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
What's assessed What's assessed


The 19th-century novel


Modern texts


Unseen poetry

How it's assessed How it's assessed

written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

64 marks

40% of GCSE

written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes

96 marks

60% of GCSE

Questions: Questions:

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice.  They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice.  They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.



Section A Modern Texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen Poetry: students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.


All texts in the examination will be unseen. 

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language
What's assessed: What's assessed: What's assessed:

Section A: Reading

one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • descriptive or narrative writing


Section A: Reading

one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • writing to present a viewpoint


  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of Standard English


Assessed: Assessed: Assessed:
  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • GCSE
  • teacher set throughout course
  • marked by teacher
  • separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)
Questions: Questions:  

Reading (40 Marks) (25%)

- one single text

1 short form question (1 X 4 marks)

2 longer form questions (2 X 8 marks)

1 extended question (1 X 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Reading (40 marks) (25%)

- two linked texts

1 short form question (1 X 4 marks)

2 longer form questions (1 X 8, 1 X 12 marks)

1 extended question (1 X 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)



English Key Stage 5  OCR A Level English Literature (Specification at a glance)

Click here to view the full course specification.

Click here for details of Key Stage 5 Literacy Mapping

Overview of A2 Level in English Literature (H472)

Learners must complete all components (01, 02 and 03) to be awarded the A Level in English Literature.  See practice papers at the foot of this section.

Content Overview Assessment Overview Marks

Component 01:


Drama and Poetry pre-1900

Drama and poetry pre-1900 (01) Written paper 60 marks.  Closed text 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of total A Level

Component 02:

Close reading in chosen topic area. Comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area

Comparative and contextual study (02) Written paper 60 marks.  Closed text 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of total A Level

Component 3:

Close reading OR re-creative writing piece with commentary.  Comparative essay

Literature post-1900 (03) 40 marks Non examined assessment 20% of total A Level

Key Stage 5 Resources: Exam Questions and example responses:

Critical Appreciation Example Response: The Road

Drama and Poetry Practice Exam Questions

Dystopia Wider Reading List

Dystopian Practice Comparative Essays

Level Six Wilde and Rossetti Example Response


August 2018