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‘The English language is nobody’s special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.’ Derek Walcott


Our collective vision in the English department at Goodwin Academy is to raise the achievement of all students. Through a consistent, progressive and continually developing curriculum, we will enable our students to grow both academically and independently through an enhanced understanding of literature, language and the wider world around us. We aspire to make every lesson taught accessible, engaging and challenging, allowing every student to achieve and enjoy. We aim to make our students as passionate about the subject of English as we are.

  • Through reading a wide range of novels, poetry, plays and media, students will learn more about the world around them and have the confidence to question and to think independently.
  • Through a variety of approaches to writing, students will become assured users of language – able to communicate with maturity and flair in different contexts.
  • Through speaking and listening, students will learn to make the most of their voice, giving them a platform to share their views and ideas, informally and formally

Key Stage Three

Students follow a varied curriculum that covers all types of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Texts studied are varied including Shakespeare, 19th century novels, modern drama and prose as well as non-fiction such as newspaper articles. They will learn to write in different forms such as descriptions, stories, reports and persuasive writing.

Students are placed in ability groupings, designed to provide challenge and support as appropriate. They are assessed every term using GCSE criteria with numbered grades awarded from 1 to 8.They are given individual targets and specific tasks to help them to improve their reading and writing skills.

Key Stage Four

At Key Stage Four, students follow the GCSE AQA Specification.
Students will study towards a GCSE in English Language and English Literature.
During KS4, students study A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, a modern play such as DNA or An Inspector Calls and a collection of poems from different eras on the theme of power and conflict.

Students are taught in ability groupings, designed to challenge and support as appropriate. They are assessed entirely by examination.