Welcome to the English Department

Curriculum Leader: Mr A Ramiz
Professional Studies Tutor / Deputy Curriculum Leader:   Mr S Hart
Classroom Teacher:   Mrs A Arsene
Classroom Teacher:   Mrs P Widdowson
Classroom Teacher:   Mr Z Cross
Classroom Teacher:   Ms W Cockerton
Classroom Teacher:   Miss V Paterson (SCITT)
Classroom Teacher: Ms Mia Leo
Classroom Teacher: Ms M Judge
Supply: Ms S Richmond

English is a compulsory subjects from Years 7 through to 11. We also offer AS and A Level English Literature in our Sixth Form.


Subject Overview

Years 7 and 8

Throughout the first two years at TBCC we look to embed core skills that will be useful at GCSE, exploring texts such as: Shakespearean plays, poetry, non-fiction articles as well as writing creatively using key conventions of text types and genres.


Years 9 to 11

Year 9 students start preparation for their GCSEs early by applying the skills needed in the exams to their study of: short stories, travel writing, novels, poetry and one Shakespearean play.

As part of the English Literature GCSE, year 10 and 11 students study the plays ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Macbeth’ as well as the novel ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and  poems from an anthology.

For the English Language GCSE students will be expected to respond to literary and non-fiction extracts as well as write imaginatively with a purpose and audience in mind.

All exams for this course are sat at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework in GCSE English. The exam board is AQA.


Years 12 and 13

We offer AS and A Level English Literature in the sixth form and follow the AQA English Literature A syllabus.

The course offers students the opportunity to study a range of texts which explore the theme of love, such as Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, an anthology of poems, Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Due to the demands of the subject, we recommend that students achieve at least a Grade C (ideally a B) in GCSE English Language and English Literature if they would like to continue the subject at this level.