Creativity, Vision, Coaching, Mentoring and Inspiration

English is taught across the school in a way that suits each individual student, ensuring that each student develops the confidence to take risks in their learning and progress effectively.  Each Scheme of Work is tailored to not only reflect the curriculum but also to engage students and encourage a positive attitude to the learning of the subject.  The most recent Ofsted Report (2017) states “Pupils in an English lesson were obviously proud of their work and tackled the initial tasks set for them with enthusiasm. When the inspector returned to the classroom later, pupils displayed high degrees of excitement as they completed the first stage of their writing task, clearly keen to move on to the more complex work that followed.”

A very successful way of challenging and engaging students in English is through working across departments to produce cross-curricular Schemes of Work to embed learning.  This also has a significantly positive impact on the literacy and numeracy opportunities available across the school.

Parents/Carers are able access each term’s Scheme of Work and keywords through the Curriculum Newsletter which is sent out termly.  If Parents/Carers have any questions regarding any of the work in their child’s English lesson, they can contact the Head of English, Amelia Stoner, at the following email address: astoner@headstartschool.co.uk

KS4 GCSE English


We are always keen to support  Students, Parents/Carers with Revision.  Over the academic year, a number of revision sessions will be offered; these include but are not restricted to Focus days in the holidays and revision sessions after school.  Please Note:  English Revision will be after school every Monday this academic year (2017-2018).  These will commence at the start of Term 3

Along with Revision Sessions, students can log into Edmodo – https://www.edmodo.com/

This is a ‘go to’ place online for Year 11 Headstart students to access for revision purposes.  Please note that this is a resource that we have tailored to suit our students, and not a general revision site.  As well as accessing revision materials, videos and links to subject specific revision sites, there is also an area that addresses exam anxiety and how to help it.

Login Instructions

Email: Edmodo@headstartschool.co.uk

Password: revision1

Students taking English GCSE are entered into the  AQA English Language Specification (8700).  Full specification details can be found here:


Subject content

Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.
  • read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
  • read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language



For English Language students can achieve a grading of 1 to 9.