English is at the core of society and here at Outwood Academy Acklam, it is a time for embracing all of the nuances which make up this fantastic subject. Our students are exposed to a wealth of texts and are taught to relish, devour but, more importantly, to develop their own opinion and be true to their thoughts about the texts they study. Reading broadens not just the mind but the whole person and we foster this ethos in every English lesson. Our students are taught using a thematic approach which ensures every student is prepared for the demands of KS4 and their GCSE exams in both Literature and Language.



Key Stage 3

The English course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the WJEC course in Key Stage 4. We have designed an intricate curriculum to embed the skills pupils need to succeed from their very first day. These include scaffolding questioning structures for a variety of text types, from 18th Century Poetry to the modern day novel. Pupils will undergo several assessments each year, focusing on the skills required for Key Stage 4. Year 7 pupils will learn how to appreciate writer’s techniques through language features, tone and structure and use this knowledge to create their own imaginative and detailed pieces of fictional and non-fictional writing. These skills will be harnessed and developed in year 8 as the topics of the schemes promote mature themes and pupils’ appreciation for the power of the written word.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Emma Bone or Nicola Jones

Key Stage 4

WJEC GCSE English Language (9-1) (QN 60145055)
WJEC GCSE English Literature (9-1) (QN 60152461)

The study of GCSE English Language and English Literature begins in Year 9 and is completed at the end of Year 11.
Pupils have the opportunity to develop their skills from KS3 and apply their analytical, critical and evaluative skills to GCSE literature texts and a variety of language resources relevant to the demands of year 11 examinations. As well as venturing onto the stepping-stones to build these skills to best prepare them for higher level assessment, they are also given the opportunity to further increase their love and appreciation of the subject of English.
Students in the current Year 11 have embarked on the new GCSE specifications for English Language and English Literature and these are 100% examined qualifications. In English Language, their learning focuses on developing the skills for two exam components. The reading elements require them to read and answer questions on twentieth-century fiction and nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction writing. The writing tasks include narrative and transactional writing. For the English Literature specification, students will read and analyse ‘Macbeth by William Shakespeare, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley. They will also be tested on their understanding of prepared and unseen poetry.


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Emma Bone, Head of English and Nicola Jones, Second in English (Years 9 and 10).

Enrichment Opportunities for English

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.

Year 11 Enrichment is available every Monday from 2.30pm – 3.30pm with English specialists

GCSE English and English Literature revision website

English teachers and directors from across the Trust have created a revision website which is closely tailored to the messages students receive in their English lessons. We have a wealth of expertise in delivering the WJEC/Eduqas specifications that all our academies use for English and our website ensures that students can access advice and materials which will help them to achieve the best grades they can at any time. Students will need their academy Google login details to access the website.

The website can be accessed by following the link below: