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David Tennant in Hamlet

The English Department is committed to delivering outstanding learning experiences for all students which aim to:

  • Develop communication skills to the highest level
  • Challenge students to think creatively and critically
  • Foster an enthusiasm and appreciation of a range of literary texts

We have high expectations for our students and aim to encourage all students to reach their potential in the essential communication skills of Oracy, Reading and Writing.

Key Stage 3

The Curriculum at KS3 offers a wide range of reading material from Shakespeare to Stoker, Almond to Zephaniah. Students will experience writing in a range of forms, from letter drafting to dramatic monologues.  They also have an opportunity to develop their oracy skills through drama, debate and presentations.

We also believe in taking learning outside the classroom and strive to provide students with the opportunity to take part in a range of extra curricular activities which foster enjoyment and motivation for the subject. Some of these activities include: regular theatre visits; drama workshops; local and national debating competitions and participation in other national competitions such as The Times Spelling Bee.

Long Term Plan

Skills and Knowledge Checklist

Key Stage 4

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To Kill A Mockingbird

At Key Stage 4 we continue in our aim to develop a love of communication in all its forms. We aim to refine and develop the skills introduced at KS3 and help students to become increasingly confident and accomplished in their reading, writing and oracy skills. In order to achieve this they will study contemporary literature as well as more traditional texts, including poetry, novels and drama.


At KS4 the majority of students are entered for external exams in GCSE English Language and English Literature. However, some students may sit GCSE English if this is more suited to their needs.

For more information about the KS4 syllabus please visit:

Key Stage 5

Each year many students express a keen interest in taking their studies of English to a higher level at A/S and then A2. We offer English Language and Literature as well as a combination of the two areas to enable students to match their skills and interests to further study.

For more information about the A-level English Language syllabus please visit:


For more information about the A-level English Literature syllabus please visit:


What students say about English at Helsby:

Comments from the Students for the Website

My English experience did not just improve my literacy skills but encourgaged personal growth by critically reading texts about issues such as racism and the social class system. It has made me a more mature person with a better outlook on life.  Thank you English.

Kate Owen (6th Form) 

Sometimes there is no absolute right or wrong which is a challenge because you have to prove yourself.  I enjoy this freedom and challenge.

Eleanor Hayes (Year 11)

I love the variety that English offers us throughout the course.

Tom Waring (Year 11)

Departmental staff:

Meet the Team

Head of Department:

  • Mrs Taylor
  • Ms Hughes (2nd in Department)

Department Team:

  • Mrs Middlemiss
  • Mr Matthews
  • Mrs Cummins
  • Ms Boyer
  • Miss Edwards
  • Mrs Foulder
  • Ms McGuirk
  • Mr Mellor
  • Mrs Montague