Head of Department: Miss S Nelson - s.nelson.scs@osborne.coop
2nd in Department: Miss K Thomas - k.thomas.scs@osborne.coop

English is a significant world language and is seen by employers as one of the most important qualifications an applicant needs to have for both college courses and career opportunities.  In both the work environment and in our private lives it is important to be able to listen to, read and understand quite complex information.  It is also enjoyable to be able to listen to and read both fiction and non-fiction and to have the skills and understanding to judge the quality of writing for ourselves.

Reading for pleasure.
Every month we recommend a book for students to read which we feel they would enjoy.  Please also see the following links for our recommended reads, these are organised by year group. Please see below for the titles.

Year 11 Course Title:  GCSE English Language
                                   GCSE English Literature

Exam Board & Code:  AQA GCSE English Language 8700 Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)
                                   AQA GCSE English Literature 8702  Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)


English Language:

Paper 1: 50% (80 marks), 1 hour 45 minutes
Paper 2: 50% (80 marks), 1 hour 45 minutes
Spoken Language Unit: Endorsement as part of GCSE

English Literature:

Paper 1: 40% (64 marks) - 1 hour 45 minutes
Paper 2: 60% (96 marks) - 2 hours 15 minutes

There is NO controlled assessment or coursework in either course.

Home Learning

Year 7- 10:

Students follow weekly prep tasks as provided in prep booklets at the start of the year. Challenge task and further reading are designed to encourage reading and writing for pleasure.

Year 11: 

Year 11 have tasks tailored each week to extend the teaching of the GCSE scheme of work. Depending on the needs of the class/student, these can be subject to change. Year 11 have exam booklets with practice papers that they have been allocated and should be completing each term.

It is the responsibility of each Year 11 student to revise independently, every week. 

GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)

Year 9

Year 9 begins with the study of two GCSE level texts designed to prepare students for the content and develop the required key skills.  Once completed, students begin the GCSE course.

Throughout Year 9, pupils will be taught and will practice the reading and writing skills needed for GCSE English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2 in addition to studying a range of set texts.

(i) A study of 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck and its social and historical context.
(ii) A study of 'Richard the 3rd' by William Shakespeare
(iii) A study of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens (GCSE English Literature Paper 1).
(iv) 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell

Year 10

Throughout Year 10, pupils study the set literature texts:

(i) Macbeth by William Shakespeare (GCSE English Literature Paper 1).
(ii) The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson ( GCSE Literature Paper one)
(iii) AQA Conflict and Power Anthology and an unseen poetry study (GCSE English Literature Paper 2).
(iv) An inspector calls by J.B Priestly (GCSE Literature Paper 2)
(v) Spoken Language unit (GCSE English Language separate endorsement).

Year 11

Throughout Year 11 pupils will be taught and practise the reading and wwriting skills needed for GCSE English langauage paper 1 and 2. In addition to this pupils revisit and revise the English literature set texts studied in Year 10.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

KS3 Year 7 & Year 8.

During key stage 3 pupils are introduced to a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, from a range of time periods, genres and cultures. Students are also given the opportunity to write in a variety of styles. Various cross-curricular activities, competitions and trips take place to engage the students interst.


Term 1: Mysteries.
This unit is designed to help pupils transition from the reading and writing skills required in primary school to the demands of writing at length in secondary school. Various texts surrounding mysteries and mythical beasts are used to support this learning.
Term 2: War & Revolution
Pupils study a diverse range of texts, including poetry and political speeches
Term 3: The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Pupils study dramatic techniques. Students will begin studying the writing skills require for GCSE English literature.

Year 8

Term 1: Breaking Borders
Pupils study a range of texts including autobiography and televsion adverts to explore a variety of cultures and beliefs. This will also introduce pupils to a wider range of text types.
Term 2: Power and Authority 
A study of Animal Farm by George Orwell, a range of political speeches and propaganda in addition to writing creatively for different purposes.
Term 3: A midsummer nights dream by William Shakespeare
Pupils build upon the knowledge of Shakespeare and dramatic devices from Year 7.

Other Teachers of English

Book of the Month - March

Book of the Month: MarchThe foreshadowing

KS3 Book of the Month (years 7 and 8)

The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick

Set in 1915 and the First World War has only just begun. The protagonist, 17 year old Sasha, is a well-to-do, sheltered-English girl with a dark secret. Whilst her brother Thomas longs to be a doctor, like their father, Sasha wants to nurse, however girls of her class don't do that kind of work. As the war begins and the hospitals fill with young soldiers, she gets a chance to help. But working in the hospital confirms what Sasha has suspected--she can foresee when someone is going to die. Her premonitions show her the brutal horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and the faces of the soldiers who will die. One of them is her brother Thomas.
This story is full of danger, suspense and uncertainty. Our unlikely heroine, pretending to be a real nurse, runs away from home, working behind the front lines searching for Thomas, risking her own life as she races to find him, and somehow prevent his death.


KS4 Book of the Month (years 9, 10 and 11)

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoeRobinson crusoe

An ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances. Robinson Crusoe is English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly thirty years, he wrestles with fate and the nature of God. The only survivor of a tragic shipwreck, Crusoe is isolated on a desert island, alone and without resources, he somehow manages to survive. After many harsh years of solitude we finally learn that Crusoe is not alone on the island. There are others and they are, horror of horrors, cannibals!
Through a diary account of the horrors faced by Crusoe, skipping over the boring bits, the reader is treated to a classic tale of shipwreck, adventure and survival.
Ms Silk

Literacy Across the Curriculum

Our policy is to pursue literacy and reading as important across all school subjects.  Please see the links below for more information:


Useful Links:

Literacy Policy
Recommended Reads