English Department Aims

English at Painsley is taught as a common course adapted to all abilities at KS3. In KS4, all pupils study AQA English Language and Literature to develop a wide range of skills which are vital for their future careers both academic and vocational. At KS5, there is the opportunity to study AQA A Level English Language, Literature or Media Studies. The department have a range of interests and approaches that are shared to keep the courses fresh and challenging. Progress through all Key Stages is excellent and the take up in the 6th form is high and increasing. The department offers a range of extra-curricular trips and activities that enrich the experience beyond the classroom, such as theatre trips to see plays to enhance their understanding of key texts.  Lunchtime groups involve creative writing, book groups, debating society, handwriting support and film club.

English Staff

Mr N Barber – Head of Department

Mrs J Hopkinson – Second in Department

Mrs S Davies – Head of SEND

Miss F Dutton

Miss C Smith

Miss S Burton

Mr J Hendley

Mr R Pierpoint – Literacy Co-ordinator

Mrs A M Comfort – SEND Support

Miss P Plant

Miss G Fish

English News

The new English Schemes of Learning are now in place – students will be told in class what the grades mean and this information is also available on the English section of the website.

English Menu

English Curriculum overview

KS3- Years 7 and 8

KS4- Years 9, 10 and 11

KS5, Years 12 and 13

Assessment Framework

How can I help support my child’s learning in English?

How to guides- link to tutorials

Useful websites

AQA website (GCSE)

Bite size BBC  and

Bite size BBC_Literature



Gutenberg project – free classic texts

Extra Curricular At KS3, the department runs clubs for reading, creative writing, handwriting, a debating society and a film club. Theatre trips are organised when relevant productions are on offer – recent trips have taken in Othello and Private Peaceful.  Journey’s End has also been seen by students studying at KS5.Weekly departmental catch up session for students requiring additional support are available for all years