We believe the skills students learn in English are crucial to success at school and in future life. The aim of the English department is to work successfully as a team to create and deliver a stimulating, varied and challenging curriculum for all our students. We want our students to enjoy their lessons, and we aim to create an environment which will foster a love of literature, debate and discussion.


Ms C Durling - Subject Leader
Ms M Money - Second in charge
Ms D Afriyie
Ms H Elsharif
Ms E Jacka
Mr K Potapov
Ms E Belejova
We work closely with the librarian to promote reading through the Accelerated Reading Programme: We know that able readers tend to be high achievers. Therefore as English teachers, we give independent reading a high profile and monitor their participation in the scheme.

All teaching rooms in the English Department are equipped with interactive whiteboards and we have a wide stock of texts to engage our readers. We have a wide stock of texts to engage our readers and continue to review and update this at KS3. At GCSE our students are encouraged to purchase their own texts to annotate and make notes in preparation for terminal exams.

English Headlines   GCSE Recommended Reading   Book Trust's Best Book Guide 2015

Key Stage 3

English classes are currently taught in broad ability groupings. In each year group text choices and approaches to learning are tailored to suit the needs of the students but all essentially follow the same curriculum with shared emphasis on particular skills and core outcomes for assessment. We track students across the key stage to ensure progress in reading, writing and speaking and listening.

Year 7

In Year 7 students have three or four English lessons per week according to whether they take Latin. Extra literacy booster sessions are timetabled for groups with AEN staff for those who need it. The curriculum is divided into thematic ‘units’, offering opportunities for different genres of reading and writing for a range of purposes. The curriculum covers:

  • Animal debates
  • Animal poetry
  • Sci-fi and futuristic writing
  • The magic of Shakespeare
  • Literary short stories
  • A class novel - Challenge or change, Two Weeks With the Queen, Holes, Underground to Canada,  Private Peaceful, Lord of the Flies
  • Creative writing
  • A modern play
Year 8

Year 8 students currently have three  English lessons each week. Text choices offer suitable challenge and scope for wider reading and development:

  • The Gothic tradition
  • Shakespeare’s villains
  • Advertising and enterprise
  • Future you/identity project
  • Defective fiction
  • A novel or play - Persecution, Witch Child, Abomination, The Crucible, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Stone Cold, Dickens extracts
  • Film analysis
Year 9

In Year 9 our students have three lessons a week. The curriculum is carefully planned to challenge students in the lead up to GCSE both in terms of the Literature and Language AQA specifications.

  • A class novel - Outsiders, I’m the King of the Castle, Of Mice and Men, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Great Expectations.
  • A Shakespeare play
  • War Poetry and ‘conflict’
  • Charity project- writing to argue and persuade
  • Introduction to GCSE papers
  • Dystopian fiction
  • Travel/descriptive writing

Key Stage 4

Year 10

At Richmond Park Academy our current Year 10 cohort students are the first to follow the AQA new specification for English language and literature. They obtain two equally weighted, separate GCSEs in these subjects but study them together in a combined curriculum, four hours a week.

  • 20th-century novel or play - An Inspector Calls, Lord of the Flies, A taste of Honey (LIT EXAM TEXT)
  • 19th-century novel - A Christmas Carol, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde (LIT EXAM TEXT)
  • Contemporary and literary heritage poetry (ANTHOLOGY AND UNSEEN FOR LIT EXAM)
  • Writing to describe or narrate (ENGLISH EXAM)
  • Comparing non-fiction texts (ENGLISH EXAM)
  • Formal speaking and Listening Assessments (ENGLISH REQUIREMENT)

Year 11

Our current Year 11 are completing the final year of the two-year GCSE course for AQA English Language and Literature. The English exam is assessed by two exams and the Literature also has two papers. The students complete their Literature set texts this year reading

  • Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth
  • A selection of ‘Unseen’ Poetry

Much of Year 11 will be spent reviewing and practising skills for both sets of GCSE papers.