In our English lessons, we encourage pupils to find fascination and excitement within the pages of a wide range of novels and plays so that the habit of reading becomes an addictive one.

We aim to instil in pupils a love of and respect for English literature while giving them the confidence to develop each aspect of their language skills.

We study a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama – we love the classics and our range includes the study of Chaucer and Shakespeare from Year 7. Throughout the Key Stages we also explore and analyse a broad variety of modern novels and dramas. We offer many opportunities for lively discussion and debate and through our choices of texts, we maintain strong cross-curricular links. Pupils are invited to participate in numerous exciting activities including the BBC School Report project through which there are many opportunities for developing non-fiction skills. External creative writing competitions and lively debate tournaments give pupils the opportunities to further enhance their literacy and oracy skills.  

We offer many opportunities to experience the thrill of live drama and the excitement of meeting published authors through trips to theatres and literature festivals. We are also pleased to host visiting poets, authors and journalists who offer engaging and interactive workshops.   

At Key Stage 3, Castle School teaches the skills and range included in the National Curriculum, supplemented by our own imaginative and exciting content. At Key Stage 4, we follow the WJEC English Language and English Literature GCSE syllabus - offered at Higher and Foundation levels.

Our current Year 10 are studying the following texts in preparation for their GCSEs:

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

WJEC's Poetry Anthology

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Othello by William Shakespeare

Heroes by Robert Cormier


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“I like English at Castle School because even though we are only in Year 7 we are taught classic texts such as The Canterbury Tales, which always impresses the people I tell!  I really enjoy the opportunities to write stories and I have loved learning all about William Shakespeare."

Georgina – Year 7


“English at Castle School is challenging and stimulating.  The novels and plays we study are always interesting and we are given many opportunities to participate in creative writing competitions and exciting projects like the BBC School Report scheme.” 

Harper - Year 8


“English at Castle School is fab.  Our teacher encourages us to use new and adventurous vocabulary, which has really helped improve the way in which I communicate. I love the lively and interesting debates that arise out of the many and varied topics that we cover. I’m also so pleased that I now know how to use a semi-colon correctly!”

Lulu - Year 11

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