Welcome to English

Gemma Meek

Head of Department












Dene Magna English and Drama Department is an innovative and forward thinking department. It consists of seven teachers based in an area in the main building of the school. We are a high achieving department that regularly achieves between 75 and 83% A* to C at GCSE, making us one of the top departments in the country for Contextual Value Added. We have been judged “outstanding” by OFSTED and aim to deliver the English Curriculum in new and exciting ways. Assessment for Learning has a high profile as does the use of ICT; every English room has an Interactive whiteboard and there is a computer suite spread across two of our rooms. In KS4 we teach the AQA English and English Language/Literature dual courses as well as the Edexcel GCSE Drama course.

Key Stage Three Schedule of Work


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Book Buzz and In the News

Beyond Human – the study of fiction and non-fiction.

War Poetry and Propaganda


Adventure – studying a range of books from the genre.

Painting with Words/Travel writing – use of visual stimulus to create different styles of writing.

Short Stories – studying a range of stories from Pre-1914 to modern.


Autobiography – writing own autobiography.

Shakespeare’s World

The Novel – studying a major work of fiction.


Key Stage Four Schedule of Work

During the two-year course, students will complete three written assignments and three speaking and listening assessments (60%) and prepare for one terminal exam (40%) for their English Language GCSE. In addition, students will study An Inspector Calls, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and poetry by Thomas Hardy in readiness for three terminal exams for English Literature. Students are studying the IGCSE Cambridge 0522 specification for both English Language and Literature.

  1. English 10 point assessment 2016
  2. GCSE English The Exam Explained