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English at Our Lady’s is taught to all pupils.


We have 7 full time specialist members of staff and who deliver the full RE curriculum to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and Key stage 4 along with a HTLA:

  • Ms Slade (Principal Teacher of English)
  • Miss Westray (Assistant Principal Teacher of English and Teacher Governor)
  • Mrs Wing (Teacher of English, Literacy Co-ordinator and Learning Manager)
  • Miss Maple (Teacher of English)
  • Miss Winder (Teacher of English)
  • Mrs Moir (Teacher of English)
  • Mrs Stopyra (Teacher of English)
  • Mrs Ainsworth (HLTA Intervention)


The English Department has five purpose built rooms, each containing an interactive whiteboard and an intervention room.


Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in six periods per fortnight during Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Pupils have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in groups during the following topics. Pupils have an LRC Accelerated Reader lesson once a fortnight.

In Year 7 pupils study:

  • Autobiographical Writing
  • Charles Dickens – ‘Oliver Twist’/’A Christmas Carol’
  • Mythical Monsters or Heroes
  • Nineteenth Century Novel e.g. ‘Alice in Wonderland’
  • Shakespeare – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
  • Poetry Unit – School
  • Examination – Narrative Reading and Writing

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • The Gothic Horror Novel e.g. ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Dracula’
  • Descriptive Writing Techniques
  • Class Reader – e.g. ‘Holes’, ‘The Boy I the Striped Pyjamas’
  • Non – fiction Reading and Writing – Technology
  • Poetry Unit – Love and Relationships
  • Narrative Writing Techniques
  • Examination – Narrative Reading and Writing

In Year 9 pupils study:

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Short Stories
  • Novel – ‘Heroes’ by Robert Cormier
  • ‘Macbeth’ and War Poetry
  • AQA GCSE Poetry Anthology – ‘Love and Relationships’
  • Non – fiction and Persuasive Writing – Heroes and Villains of Our Time
  • Comparing Texts – Individual Analysis and the Integrated Approach
  • Examination – comparing two poems from the AQA GCSE Poetry Anthology

Eduqas GCSE English Language

English Language: Component 1

Twentieth Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing.
Component 1: Written examination I hour 45 minutes.

  • 40% of the qualification

Section A: Reading

  • 20% of the qualification
  • One extract (approximately 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century
  • Total marks: 40

Section B: Prose Writing

  • 20% of the qualification
  • One creative writing task drawn from a selection of four titles
  • Total marks: 40

English Language: Component 2

19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional / Persuasive writing

Component 2: Written examination: 2 hours

  • 60% of the qualification

Section A: Reading

  • 30% of the qualification
  • Two extracts (approximately 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality non-fiction writing from the 19th and 21st centuries
  • Total marks: 40

Section B: Writing

  • 30% of the qualification
  • Two compulsory transactional / persuasive writing tasks
  • Total marks: 40

English Language: Component 3

Spoken Language (Unweighted)

Candidates will be required to complete one formal presentation or speech. They will also be assessed on their responses to questions and feedback following the presentation or speech. Standard English should be a feature of all parts of the candidates’ work in this component.

Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

AQA GCSE English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

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.

Shakespeare Texts

Students will study one play from the list of six set texts. Students should study the whole text.
Choose one of:

  • Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Tempest
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Julius Caesar

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.

19th-century texts

Students will study one novel from the list of seven set texts. Students should study the whole text.
Choose one of:

Author Title

  • Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol
  • Charles Dickens Great Expectations
  • Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre
  • Mary Shelley Frankenstein
  • Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Sign of Four

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

  • Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Section A: Modern texts

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

Author Title

  • William Golding Lord of the Flies
  • AQA Anthology Telling Tales
  • George Orwell Animal Farm
  • Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go
  • Meera Syal Anita and Me
  • Stephen Kelman Pigeon English

Author Title

  • JB Priestley An Inspector Calls
  • Willy Russell Blood Brothers
  • Alan Bennett The History Boys
  • Dennis Kelly DNA
  • Simon Stephens The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    (play script)
  • Shelagh Delaney A Taste of Honey

Section B: Poetry (Anthology)

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.

Cluster: Love and relationships

Lord Byron When We Two Parted
Percy Bysshe Shelley Love’s Philosophy
Robert Browning Porphyria’s Lover
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sonnet XXIV – I Think of thee
Thomas Hardy Neutral Tones
Maura Dooley Letters from Yorkshire
Charlotte Mew The Farmer’s Bride
C Day Lewis Walking Away
Charles Causley Eden Rock
Seamus Heaney Follower
Simon Armitage Mother, any distance
Carol Ann Duffy Before You Were Mine
Owen Sheers Winter Swans
Daljit Nagra Singh Song!
Andrew Waterhouse Climbing My Grandfather

Section C: Unseen poetry

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

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • All Year 7 and 8 pupils have the opportunity to meet authors as part of our author visit programme.
  • All Year 8 and 9 pupils take part in the Spelling Bee competition
  • All Year 7 and 8 pupils take part in the Poetry Slam competition.
  • All pupils are encouraged to take part in World Book Day.
  • The Word Up writing club takes place every Friday lunch time in Room 11.
  • The Fiction Addiction reading club takes place in the LRC on a Thursday lunch time.
  • The Department has continued in the Rotary Public Speaking competitions.
  • The is a KS3 Breakfast Reading Club on a Monday.
  • The Department runs a number of writing competitions.
  • Our Lady’s pupils are involved in Lancashire Book of the Year on an annual basis.
  • Year 10 and 11 pupils have the opportunity to attend before and after school revision sessions.
  • We enter teams for various county wide quiz competitions.
  • The Department runs theatre and cinema trips.

If you require further information about this curriculum area please contact the Principal Teacher Mr G Kulbacki – gku@olchs.lancs.sch.uk