About this course


Our course

Our years 7, 8 and 9 courses are closely aligned to the English national curriculum and are designed to: –

  • promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping our students with a strong command of the spoken and written word
  • develop their love of literature through reading for enjoyment across a wide range of styles and genres.

The national curriculum separates the teaching of English into the following main areas: speaking and listening, reading and writing. We recognise that these areas inform one another and are best taught as a coherent and connected learning experience. We have designed an engaging curriculum which supports learning, whilst incorporating the national literacy strategy for English.

Pupils follow thematic units of work, which are designed to develop all their English skills. Literature is studied alongside and, where appropriate, as part of each unit of work. Whenever possible the pupils’ work is designed for a wider audience than simply the teacher; publication and display are seen as being crucial to developing good writing and effective communicators.


We aim to develop an appreciation and love of reading and include a wide range of fiction and non-fiction in our courses from whole books, short stories, poems and plays from a variety of genres, historical periods, forms and authors. Students will study:

  • English literature, pre-1914 and contemporary, including prose, poetry and drama
  • Shakespeare
  • Seminal world literature


In their written work, students are supported to write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length, for a range of purposes and audiences, including:

  • Essays
  • Stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative writing
  • Notes and scripts for talks and presentations
  • A range of other texts, including arguments, and personal and formal letters.

Grammar and vocabulary:

In KS3, students consolidate their knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary through the following approaches to learning.

  • Analysing more challenging texts
  • Identifying grammatical features of texts
  • Acquiring new vocabulary and grammatical tools from literature and texts
  • Understanding the differences between written and spoken English
  • Using standard English in written and spoken work
  • Using linguistic and literary terminology to discuss texts


Students are supported to speak confidently and effectively. They are expected to use standard English confidently in a range of contexts, including classroom discussions, speeches, and presentations.


Student progress is measured by both formative and summative assessments. Formative assessment takes place regularly and in a variety of formats ranging from group discussion and collaboration, written tasks, quizzes, and presentations. Students complete one summative assessment each half-term in which they are required to demonstrate their skills and understanding in a sustained and independent written or spoken activity.

  • Genre and narrative: gothic literature
  • Characters and archetype: Sherlock Holmes
  • Conflict: war poetry
Key information
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3 years
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Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum
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September and throughout the year
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No exams
About our fees

We have several fee packages and options, with differing levels of commitment to suit most circumstances. In most cases parents have the option to pay in instalments, spreading the cost of the investment.