Introduction to the department

English is an incredibly important subject for any student and the English department at Stoke Park strives to ensure that every student reaches his or her potential.

We are committed to promoting a love of reading in all our students, from the moment they join us in Year 7 until they leave us at the end of Year 13. As a result, students study a wide range of texts including fiction and non-fiction prose, plays and poetry. In Key Stage 3, our silent reading time in class encourages students to read for enjoyment and we are always happy when students bring in their own reading materials. In terms of developing individuals’ writing skills, the English department at Stoke Park gives its students the opportunity to write in a number of different forms and styles during their time here.

Whatever a student’s ability, we are committed to helping them achieve the best possible grade. Students have access to a wide range of revision and exam preparation materials both in class and on the school’s website. We are a team of teachers who are happy to give pupils our time and individual attention when they need it. Our assistance includes additional sessions that are offered before and after school to children from Year 7 all the way to Year 13.

The Stoke Park English Department is committed to working with all students to help them meet their potential in this important subject, before carrying on to the next stage in their lives.


Years/topics taught/keen interest in {subject related}

Ms A. Byrne

Head of English, teacher of Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 English Language and Literature.

Ms B. Orchard

AST, Key Stage 3 co-ordinator, teacher of Key Stage 3 and 4 English Literature and Language

Mr S. Gaiser

English Key Stage 5 co-ordinator; teacher of English Literature and Language at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5

Ms S. Burnham

Teacher of English Literature and Language, Key Stages 3 and 4

Mrs H. Kaur

English Literature and Language Teaching assistant, Key Stages 3 and 4

Mrs D. Nahal

Teacher of Key Stage 3 English Literature and Language

Mrs P. Patel

Teacher of Key Stage 3 English Literature and Language

Mr J. Salisbury

Teacher of English Literature and Language, Key Stages 3 and 4

Ms S. Samra

Teacher of English Literature and Language, Key Stages 3 and 4

Ms J. Taggart

Head of Literacy, teacher of Key Stage 3 English Literature and Language

Miss N. Rock

Teacher of English and Leadership Team

Mr S. Aspinall

Teacher of English

Mr A. Warshawski

Teacher of English

Miss S. Spurr

Teacher of English

Mrs R. Rasool

Teacher of English

Key Stage 3 curriculum offering

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to give students the broadest knowledge base possible. In Year 7 students complete two units in English Reading and Writing and a further two units to formally introduce them to English Literature.

Provider of KS3 Tests: AQA


Topic/themes covered


The Craft of Poetry Re-introduction to Shakespeare and The Tempest The Business Proposal Writing Project Escape from Kraznir Writing Project Refugee Boy or Underground to Canada novel study Superheroes Media unit


Pre-Twentieth Century Poetry Romeo and Juliet 19th century Short Story Unit Private Peaceful or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time novel study Triplets Writing unit Jurassic Park Media unit


Introduction to GCSE English Language and Literature Poetry of the First World War Macbeth Mysteries of the Past A Night to Remember non-fiction unit Bugs *One lesson a week in the first term will be dedicated to Media Studies

Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum builds on the skills that students are taught in Key Stage 3. Students write their GCSE English Literature and Language qualifications at the end of this Key Stage. The skills required for English Language are taught on their own and through English Literature throughout the two years.

Exam board: AQA


Topic/themes covered


19th, 20th and 21st Century Prose Fiction and Non Fiction Macbeth Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology Descriptive and Narrative Writing Transactional (Non-Fiction) Writing Unit


Unseen Poetry An Inspector Calls The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Post 16 curriculum offering

A Level study is a very important time in students’ lives. It is meant to aid in the transition from lower school to post-secondary education. Students who take A Level English Literature and A Level Creative Writing through the 2016 – 2017 academic year can expect to be taught by specialists who have a secure knowledge of English as an academic subject.

Exam board: AQA

AS Level

Topic/themes covered


Product pitches Theatre, book and film reviews Dramatic monologues Travel Writing Poetry Essays Flash Fiction


Othello Pre – 1900 poetry anthology The Great Gatsby Wuthering Heights

A Level

Topic/themes covered


Studying the Gothic Poetry Prose Fiction Prose Non-Fiction Scripts


Othello Pre-1900 poetry The Great Gatsby War Poetry anthology First Casualty Journey’s End

Extra-curricular offering from dept/faculty – Intervention to support

To enhance our students’ experience of English, we provide a number of enrichment opportunities. Our Key Stage 3 students have their weekly Reading Club in the library where students meet to discuss the different books they are enjoying. Students are also provided with the opportunity to work with graduate students from the University of Warwick to help hone their descriptive, narrative and transactional writing.

Our Key Stage 4 students have enjoyed trips to Oxford University for English Literature. For our students who have shown an interest in the writing element of English Language, we have taken then to Newman University for a Creative Writing Day. Our students have also had the opportunity to join workshops with other schools in the area to share ideas and forms of writing.

At Key Stage 5, our students have enjoyed and benefitted from trips to Birmingham and London for A Level study in English Literature and Creative Writing. They have also experience lectures at Birmingham University and Oxford University.

Our teaching staff are always available to help any student who wishes to receive additional support so they can achieve their potential. Extra sessions are help on a weekly basis to help students succeed.




GCSE English Language and Literature Intervention

Wednesday after school

Ms Byrne

Personalised intervention session

Available upon request after school Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

All English teachers

Any additional links/resources for download:

The English subject section on the School’s VTE has all of the lessons that are delivered to the students. Students and parents/ carers will also find the following websites extremely useful:

AQA English course specifications:


GCSE Bitesize – excellent source of resources for many English topics and skills - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english/; http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/

English Biz – Generalised and specific skills-based help for Language and Literature - http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/

Geoff Barton resources – high quality resources developed by a world-renowned English teacher and headteacher - http://www.geoffbarton.co.uk/student-resources.php

Stephen Fry’s podgram – an interesting collection of reflections on English language use and cultural studies - http://www.stephenfry.uk/media/

Youtube video tutorials – a variety of online tutorials on every topic under the sun - http://www.youtube.com/user/WCSEnglish

S-Cool English – registration is free and revision resources are often excellent - http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/english

Grammar Monster – For all things grammar - http://www.grammar-monster.com/