We deliver a lively and engaging English curriculum that is designed to inspire, support and challenge all of our students.  Our team is committed to fostering an enjoyment of literature and language through different texts, topics and activities.  Our aim is that every child leaves Sandringham confident in shaping informed opinions and sharing them, both verbally and in writing, and takes pleasure in exploring a wide range literature.

Students build on skills developed at Key Stage 2 through exploring a vast range of topics.  Set into ability bands, students are able to learn at a pace appropriate to them and receive regular feedback to support their continued progress.


Year 7 texts and topics

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Persuasive writing – 19th Century Schools

Introduction to Chaucer
Creative writing – Writer’s Workshop

Passionate about Poetry

Introduction to Shakespeare


Year 8 texts and topics

Non-fiction writing – Media Mix

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Creative writing – The Gothic

Characters in poetry
Short Stories


Year 9 texts and topics

Poetry – Warring Worlds

Writing Inspired By… – creative writing

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

19th Century non-fiction

Analysing fiction – characterisation of a Hero

We deliver the AQA specification for English Language and English Literature.  Alongside these two qualifications, students are also entered for the Spoken Language Endorsement: a qualification assessing speaking and listening skills.  Students are set by ability.


GCSE English Language
100% exam

Paper 1 – creative writing and reading

Paper 2 – non-fiction writing and reading


GCSE English Literature
100% exam

Paper 1 – Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Paper 2 – An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley, AQA Poetry Anthology (love and relationships cluster), unseen poetry

We offer A Level English Literature and A Level English Language as two separate qualifications.

A Level English Literature
OCR specification


Exam texts studied
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
A Doll’s House by Henrik Isben
Poetry by Christina Rossetti
Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Coursework texts
‘Skirrid Hill’ by Owen Sheers (poetry)
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
A Level English Language
AQA specification


Exam topics
Language and Gender
Language and Occupation
Language and social groups
Accent and dialect
Language Change
Language Acquisition


Coursework topics
Language Investigation – students carry out research and analysis of an area of language of their choice
Original Language – students create their own piece of original writing based on a style model of their choice

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