The vision of the English department at Thurstable is that every student will leave with a love of reading, and a mastery of the skills that underpin our knowledge and understanding of the English language. 

Our students will cultivate knowledge of literature throughout history, the shifts in movements and genres, and how literature is vital in not only holding up a mirror to society, but also in challenging our preconceived notions and ideas. 

Here in the English department, we are committed to providing students with access to the best that has been thought and written and that reflects the wonderfully diverse society in which we live; ensuring that our students leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world around them. 

We believe that reading and writing skills are key to success, no matter your chosen future pathway, and as such we have ensured that these skills are built into every aspect of our curriculum, from Y7 right up until Y13. 

Department Staff

Miss S Halifax – Senior Leader English 

Mr A White - English Teacher  

Miss K Bolton - English Teacher

Ms C Cansdale – KS3 Coordinator of English  

Miss H Harris – English and Media teacher – Whole School Reading Lead

Miss V Osborne – English Teacher and SEND  

Mr M Brayley – p/t English Teacher 

Miss V Mant – p/t English Teacher

Mrs D Morgan – English Department LSA and Cover Supervisor 


AQA English Language  

Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing  

Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives  

Speaking and Listening Assessment  

AQA English Literature

Paper 1

Shakespeare and the C19th Novel Macbeth by William Shakespeare 

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Paper 2 

Modern Texts and Poetry 

An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley  

Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology 

Unseen Poetry  


From September 2021 

OCR English Literature 

Paper 1

Drama and pre-1900 Poetry 

Hamlet by William Shakespeare 

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Poetry of Christina Rossetti 

Paper 2

Comparative and Contextual Study 

1984 by George Orwell 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

All exams are closed book. 


Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy (1000 words) 

Comparison of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (2000 words) 


Legacy Specification 

AQA English Language and Literature 

Paper 1

Remembered Places, Imagined Worlds and Poetic Voices 

Anthology: Paris 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 

Meantime by Carol Ann Duffy 

Paper 2

Writing About Society and Dramatic Encounters 

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald 

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams  

All exams are open book. 


Making Connections (3000 words) 

Comparison of 1984 by George Orwell with students’ chosen English Language text. 


From September 2021  

Debate club 

Lit club 

Film studies (tbc) 

Trips to The Globe  

Theatre trips  

Author visits  

Guest speakers  

Subject specialist lectures 


AQA | GCSE | English Language | Specification at a glance 

AQA | GCSE | English Literature | Specification at a glance 

AQA | English | AS and A-level | English Language and Literature 

AS and A Level - English Literature - H072, H472 (from 2015) - OCR 

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The Great Gatsby  

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Macbeth  

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Frankenstein 

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Judith beheading Holofernes 

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Henrik Ibsen 

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Hamlet 

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Emily Dickinson  

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Jane Eyre 

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Christina Rossetti 

You're Dead To Me - King James VI of Scotland - BBC Sounds 

You're Dead To Me - The Victorian Christmas (Radio Edit) - BBC Sounds 

You're Dead To Me - The Witch Craze (Radio Edit) - BBC Sounds 

You're Dead To Me - Vampires in Gothic Literature - BBC Sounds 

You're Dead To Me - Mary Shelley - BBC Sounds 

You're Dead To Me - Lord Byron - BBC Sounds 

You're Dead To Me - LGBTQ History - BBC Sounds 

‎Sentimental Garbage on Apple Podcasts 

‎The History of Literature on Apple Podcasts 

‎The Great Books on Apple Podcasts 

‎Read Learn Live Podcast on Apple Podcasts