Welcome to the English Department!

We are a team of dedicated English teachers who teach across the Key Stages. As a department, we are fully committed to helping all pupils to make maximum progress through creative approaches to learning.

We aim to engage pupils with a wide range of texts and experiences and give all pupils opportunities to learn outside of the context of the classroom. We intend that all pupils will leave us with the key communication skills and levels of literacy required for life. We are always looking for opportunities outside the classroom to bring English to life!

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to build pupils’ skills in preparation for GCSE study. Basic literacy skills of spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught within each project. In addition to these schemes, each student undertakes Accelerated Reading and Lexia to assist with and further their literacy skills and comprehension.


  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7
Descriptive Writing
Poetry Anthology –
Animals and Nature
Novel Study
Students look at themes of racism and tolerance as shown throughout the novel, My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece.
Non Fiction:
Stories of Survival
Shakespeare Extracts
Media Study –
Harry Potter
Year 8 Descriptive Writing
Poetry Anthology –
People and Places
Students study one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, Romeo and Juliet, teaching them the initial skills and understanding needed for when studying Shakespeare in their GCSE
Non Fiction:
Travel Writing
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Key Stage 4

Students begin work for their GCSE in year 9; studying the texts that they will be assessed on in their final exams. NUSA follows the AQA exam board; with both English Literature and English Language exams to each be sat in their final year. It is our policy to enter all students unless exceptional circumstances apply.

The texts studied are from the following:

  • Macbeth  by William Shakespeare


  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
  • An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly
  • Poetry Anthology (various) as set by the exam board

They will also study Literature following either Edexcel or AQA:

Edexcel certificate in Literature

Assessed by two exams. Texts for Literature study will include the exam board poetry anthology, Of Mice and Men and An Inspector Calls or Romeo and Juliet.

AQA GCSE Literature

Assessed by two exams and controlled assessment. Texts for Literature will include the exam board poetry anthology and the exam board short stories anthology. In addition to these they will study a Shakespeare play and poem for the controlled assessment.

It is our policy to enter all students unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Some pupils, from all years, attend an after school group run by First Story. In these sessions our Writer in Residence, Kevin Fegan, runs creative-writing workshops for pupils each week. The work produced by the pupils is published in a professionally produced anthology.

Throughout the year pupils have had the opportunity to see An Inspector Calls at the Nottingham playhouse, as well as participating in workshops at the theatre, furthering their understanding of the GCSE text studied.

The English department also runs Media at NUSA, allowing for both Film Club and NUSA radio to be run after school. Film Club is run, through the Into Film Company, every Tuesday after school and provides students the opportunity to see a range of films and write reviews each week.

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