Welcome to English

The skills of reading and writing open a world of opportunities for students. At Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth, we aim to develop our students into both academic and creative readers and writers who are confident, articulate and helpful. We expose students to a wide range of classic and modern texts, both fiction and non-fiction and teach them how to analyse language and structure and explain the effects of these devices on particular audiences. These texts provide models of outstanding writing, enabling students to develop their own styles. Students study texts from many centuries, exposing them to a breadth of the English literary heritage as well as texts from other cultures too.

Meet the team


Mrs J Cooper

Director of English

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Mrs S Bell

Head of Department

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Mrs L Hewitt

Second in department

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Miss E Ayto

Teacher of English

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Mrs R Byrne

Teacher of English

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Overview of the year for English at key stage 3

The English course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the Eduqas English Language and Literature course in Key Stage 4. Throughout year 7 and 8, students are introduced to the key skills (in both reading and writing) that they will need to be successful in their English Language and English Literature studies. The schemes of work in both year 7 and 8 cover a range of fiction and non-fiction texts by modern and literary heritage writers such as Dahl, Rowling, Shakespeare, Conan Doyle, and Austen. All schemes introduce, and build on, a wide range of reading and writing skills such as identifying quotations, inferring information, and assessing and critiquing a writer’s use of language.
Students will also have the opportunity to develop their transactional and narrative writing skills; adapting their writing to suit different purposes, audiences, and formats and learning how to produce well-structured and engaging narratives. Throughout Key Stage 3, students are assessed on a half-termly basis using the reading steps assessment criteria which is linked to the GCSE assessment objectives.
The Key Stage 3 schemes of work at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth are designed to build on students’ prior knowledge, while also introducing them to new skills that will allow them to access their GCSE course with confidence and success.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Mrs Cole s.cole@bishopsgarth.outwood.com

Overview of the Year for English Language and Literature at Key Stage 4

Eduqas GCSE English Language

English language assesses students’ ability to read and write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
Throughout Year 9, 10 and 11 students will read a wide variety of high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. They will be asked to engage with the texts by identifying quotations, inferring key information and analysing the authors’ use of language, structure and form. Students will also be asked to demonstrate an understanding of different writers’ perspectives and viewpoints in their writing, making comparisons between the viewpoints of different writers from different times.
In addition, students will be taught how to write fiction and non-fiction texts and how to adapt their writing to suit a range of styles, purposes and audiences. Transactional, persuasive, creative and narrative writing are an underlying focus in all of students’ writing at Key Stage 4.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Cole s.cole@bishopsgarth.outwood.com

Eduqas GCSE English Literature

English literature lessons encourage learners to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. It provides students with opportunities to read widely for pleasure across a range of high quality texts in the genres of prose, poetry and drama and to develop an understanding of how literature is both rich and influential. It enables students to make connections across their
reading and develop a clear understanding of literary works.

The GCSE set texts for literature are:
- ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare.
- ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J. B. Priestley.
- ‘'My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece' by Annabel Pitche
- The Eduqas English Literature poetry anthology

Eduqas English Literature is assessed in the following way:


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Cole s.cole@bishopsgarth.outwood.com

Enrichment opportunities in English:

Year 11 Enrichment is every Thursday from 2:30-3:30 in the English department. Students should see their English teacher for further details.