English & Media

In English At Manor School we strive to enable our students to become fearless thinkers, inquisitive readers, confidents speakers and writers who love the subject. Classroom teachers in English have strong subject knowledge and passion for English which is evident in their lessons.

Our curriculum is focussed on challenging students of all abilities and encouraging their independence, particularly at Key Stage 5.

We work hard together to create an environment where students feel safe and confident in their learning and where everyone has the opportunity to be successful.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information

Our curriculum at Key Stage 3 provides students with a strong foundation in English, covering a range of topics and skills in order to ensure that learners develop a broad and strong understanding of the subject which will support them in all areas of the school at Key Stage 3 and beyond.

A range of topics are covered throughout Key Stage 3. In Year 7 we look to develop core skills and understanding through a combination of Literature, Media, Fiction, Non-fiction and Creative writing.

In Years 8 & 9 these skills are further challenged and developed by studying more complex texts which lay strong foundations for GCSE study.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information

In Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature courses.

In English Language students will study a range of Fiction and Non-fiction texts in order to develop their analytical skills as well as Original Writing to advance the level and accuracy of written communication.

In English Literature we study Prose, Poetry, Drama and Shakespeare. Students engage with the text itself as well as understanding how the context and how this influences the production and reception of a piece of literature.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Information

AQA English Literature

The aim of A Level English Literature is to develop students as informed and independent readers of a variety of genres of texts. Students will study prose, drama and poetry texts ranging from the 16th century and extending to the 21st century. They will develop comparison skills and a coherent understanding of the social and historical context which influences texts as well as developing analytical skills and the ability to approach familiar texts and unseen literature with confidence.

AQA English Language

The aim of A Level English Language is to enable students to build on the skills they've developed at GCSE, by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses. Students will be introduced to exciting and relevant text and data-based sources to inspire their study of English Language. The course will introduce the study of English in its various forms and contexts, with the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language underpinning all elements of the course.

AQA Media Studies

Media Studies is designed to allow students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to respond critically to a range of media industries. It enables students to explore how representations of a range of groups in society are constructed in a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences.

Curriculum Leader name and email address : Richard Austen –