English Department Staff

Mrs N Fraser-Kelly - Senior Leadership Team and Head of Department
Mrs N Ward - Second in Department
Miss A McLoughlin - Teacher of English / Year 9 Subject Co-ordinator
Mrs C Taylor - Teacher of English / Year 8 Subject Co-ordinator
Miss B Birtles - Teacher of English (RQT) and Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator
Mr A Kearns - Teacher of English
Mrs S Kay - Teacher of English
Mrs E Rodger - Teacher of English (part time)
Mrs H Quigley  - Teacher of English (Secondment from Hollingworth Academy)

Curriculum Statement

Our department is made up of a dedicated team of experienced professionals eager to inspire, challenge and facilitate learning for our students. At KS3 and KS4 we deliver carefully designed English lessons, covering a breadth of skills relating to the core skills of English: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Whilst helping the students to become proficient in developing their skills in these areas, we also endeavour to make learning purposeful, fun and relevant to their lives and experiences.

Students are expected to be active and inquisitive learners and will be expected to undertake a variety of meaningful homework tasks designed to develop their skills. We are fully committed to supporting our students’ learning and development and, as a result, extra support sessions are regularly organised at lunchtimes, before or after-school where required.

To find out more about the curriculum Siddal Moor delivers, please contact the school and ask to speak to the Assistant Headteacher - Curriculum.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 - 9) we build and develop skills and understanding through study of a wide range of areas covered in our revised schemes of work that comply fully with the requirements of the new KS3 National Curriculum.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - 9) English Curriculum Overview

Autumn - Year 7

Formative Assessments and Post 1914 Literature:
Witch Child
Fat Boy Swim
Point Blank
Adolphus Tips
War Horse
Thieves of Ostia
Time Bomb

Spring - Year 7

Horror Stories
Lamb to the Slaughter- Roald Dahl
Anthony Horowits
Tales of the Unexpected

Poetry (From other Cultures)
Island Man
Nothing’s Changed
Hurricane Hits England
Post Cards from a Travel Snob

Summer - Year 7

Shakespeare The Tempest

Travel Writing
Bill Bryson “Notes from a Small Island”
Travel Brochures
Holiday Blogs
Travel Magazines/ supplements

Autumn - Year 8

Dystopian Fiction
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Z for Zachariah by Robert C O’Brien
Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Murder Mystery/Detective Fiction
The Landlady
Sherlock Holmes

Spring - Year 8

19th Century Fiction extracts
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Hound of the Baskervilles

Poetic Forms
Students will be taught a range of different poetic forms of poetry each week. The following forms will be studied:  Haiku’s, limericks, dub poetry, ballads, satirical/burlesque and epic poems.

Summer - Year 8

Shakespearian Villain Soliloquys
Iago from Othello
Richard III
Shylock from Merchant of Venice
Regan from King Lear
Claudius from Hamlet
Tamora from Titus Andronicus

Famous Speeches
Martin Luther King – I have a dream
Ronald Reagan – Challenger disaster
Winston Churchill – On the beaches

Autumn - Year 9

Twentieth Century Fiction:
Of Mice and Men
Twentieth Century Drama
Hobson's Choice

Spring - Year 9

Literacy Heritage:
Paper 1 English Language Practice

Summer - Year 9

Twentieth Century Drama:
An Inspector Calls

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) all students follow examination courses and, in addition, we try to develop in students those skills in English which will serve them well for the rest of their lives.


The courses require study of a variety of texts – prose, poetry and drama – and assessment is through four written examinations (two in Language and two in Literature) at the end of Year 11.

Examination Courses

Subject Title:Board:Subject Code:Qualification:Course DetailsCourse Specification
English LanguageAQA8700GCSE (9-1)Link to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification
English LiteraturePearson Edexcel1ET0GCSE (9-1)Link to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification


Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) English Curriculum Overview

Autumn - Year 10

Pre 19th Century Fiction
Prose: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Skills for English Language

Spring - Year 10

A variety of seen poems from the Conflict cluster and unseen  poetry preparation

Summer - Year 10

Language Paper One and Two skills:
- Analysis of Language and Structure
- Evaluation and Comparison
- Text Retrieval
- Writing

Autumn - Year 11

Shakespeare: Macbeth

Twentieth Century Drama
Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse

Spring - Year 11

Language Paper One and Two skills:
- Analysis of Language and Structure
- Evaluation and Comparison
- Text Retrieval
- Writing

Poetry Revision

A variety of seen poems from the Conflict cluster and unseen  poetry preparation

Summer - Year 11

Pre 19th Century Literature Revision
Prose: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens