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    School Life



    • Miss C Wells – Head of Faculty
    • Ms H McKay
    • Miss R Dell
    • Mrs E White
    • Mrs S Holbrook
    • Mrs M Edmund
    • Miss J McLoughlin
    • Miss D McCullagh
    • Ms M Calabrese
    • Mr O Hutchby
    • Mrs K Woods (HLTA)


    KS3 English 

    Key Stage 3 at Bishop Ramsey covers Years 7-8. Students begin the year with a short transition period which will link with what they will have covered in their primary schools (Hillingdon schools only).

    In Year 7, pupils will solidify the skills they have been taught in primary schools and be introduced to new texts and areas of study.

    In Years 7- 8, students will study at least one class novel together, then range more widely across genres and time periods building on skills to infer information, analyse authors’ methods and applying similar strategies to their own writing. Students will also study at least one Shakespeare play, as well as a range of poetry. Presentations, discussions and class debates are used to further students’ ability to express their ideas and reason their opinions. In KS3, pupils will also regularly have lessons in the school Library to embed independent reading.   

    Further information from Ms B Dell, KS3 Leader: 


    KS4 English

    We begin Key Stage 4 early in Year 9 at Bishop Ramsey School due to our desire to prepare them appropriately for their exams and the high level of ability of the majority of our pupils.

    We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus and all the pupils will study both English Language and Literature. 

    For English Language, students will study fiction and non-fiction texts; they will cover a wide range of texts and extracts, ranging from the 19th century to modern day writers. This will give students a range of experience with both classics and contemporary writers, encouraging them to explore reading beyond their usual choices. In class, students explore and analyse writers’ techniques, write creative and non-fiction texts themselves, prepare presentations and participate in discussions. We employ ICT and e-learning regularly in English to enhance learning.  The department will be using the website Show My Homework from September 2017 as well as the reading comprehension learning tool CommonLit.

    For English Literature, students study the ‘Power & Conflict’ theme in the AQA poetry Anthology, Macbeth, by Shakespeare and a modern drama, An Inspector Calls, by J. B. Priestly. They will also study A Christmas Carol, a novel by Charles Dickens.

    The two elements of Language and Literature will be taught together in alternating units of work, and students will be assessed each half term to measure progress with skills and content.

    Further information from:  and 


    KS5 English

    At Key Stage 5, the English Department offers AQA English Literature B A-Level 7717. 

    [In 2017-18, we will also offer A-Level Creative writing, to year 13 only. These students will be completing the second year of a two year course, which is being discontinued in 2018. In Creative Writing, students will be examined in both the AS and the A2 exam on their ability to write on demand to a set brief (40% of the overall grade). They will also compile a folio of two pieces of extended creative writing, both fiction and non-fiction, with accompanying commentaries on the writing process each year (60% of the overall grade).]

    AQA English Literature B A-Level 7717 is taught over two years and has three components. 

    Year 1, [AS]: 1. Literary Genres – aspects of Comedy

    Students write an AS paper at the end of year 12, which may be an exit point. 

    Year 2, [A2]: 2. Texts and Genres – elements of Crime Writing

    Students write 2 A-level papers: one on year 12 work (closed book) and one on year 13 work (open book).

    Year 1 and 2:  3. NEA [non-exam component] – theory study and independent research writing.

    Students prepare, plan and write 2 independent research essays which are handed in before Easter of year 13.

    Year 1, [AS] : 1. Literary Genres – aspects of Comedy

    This covers four texts through the lens of Comedy for the AS exam: Twelfth Night, by Shakespeare, Emma, by Jane Austen,The Importance of Being Ernest, by Oscar Wilde and/or poems by John Betjeman from the AQA Anthology, Poetry: Tragedy and Comedy.   

    Year 2, [A2]: 2. Texts and Genres – elements of Crime Writing

    At A2 Level, students will study texts through the lens of Crime Fiction: Atonement, The Ryme of the Ancient Mariner and a range of poems from the A level AQA Anthology, Poetry: crime and political and social protest.  

    Year 1 and 2: 3. NEA [non-exam component] – theory study and independent research writing.

    Students have a free choice of prose and poetry for the Non-Exam Assessed component [NEA] of the new A Level award. They are required to write about an independently chosen prose and poetry text, using a theoretical perspective, such as Feminism, Marxism or Post-colonialism. The theory is taught as part of both years of the two year A-Level course and prepares students for further literature study at University as well as in critical and analytical thinking and concise writing skills.


    Extra Curricular

    In the past we have run trips to the theatre, arranged visits from the Globe Players, and had visits from poets. In 2016-17, we hosted a visiting drama company for KS4 enrichment and a visiting writer for KS5. A KS5 poetry workshop was offered to support the curriculum and KS4 students were also offered support and master classes by PiXL and teachers in the department. Students from all key stages are encouraged to enter creative writing competitions.

    Further information from: Ms H Mackay KS5 Leader   and