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 L Dare – Deputy Head of English

Ms C Cansdale – KS3 Coordinator of English

Miss R Hennahane – Head of Media and English Teacher

Mr Matthews – English Teacher And Head of Year

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

Miss S McMurtry – English Teacher

Miss V Osborne – English Teacher and SEND

Mr M Brayley – p/t English Teacher

Mrs L Mallard – 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