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Welcome to the English Faculty

English at Hayfield is central to providing all pupils with the literacy skills, confidence and creativity required to succeed in all areas of the curriculum. As a core subject area we aim to provide enjoyable and challenging opportunities across the three Key Stages.

Pupils will experience and study a vast range of novels, drama texts and poetry in their time at Hayfield, taking into account different genres and periods. They will become confident in their written communication in areas such as descriptive, persuasive and analytical writing. Recognition is given to the changing face of Language and the effects of Media and Technology on English in the world around us.

Pupils will be given an appreciation of the different contexts of spoken language and gain confidence in public speaking during their time at Hayfield. Texts from different cultures provide pupils with insight into a variety of diverse traditions whilst a broad and balanced curriculum means that Shakespeare, pre-20th century authors, and the work of many contemporary writers are covered.


Our Faculty
Mrs H Linley – English Faculty Leader
Mr S Barnes
Mrs R Lugg
Ms W Maguire
Mrs J Pollard – KS5 Coordinator
Mr B Robertson
Mrs J Smith
Miss A Wilson


Key Stage 3
The two year KS3 offers pupils a strong foundation in all areas of the English Curriculum to engage, inspire and build upon existing skills. Texts that pupils will study include: Skellig by David Almond, Stone Cold by Robert Swindells, Face by Benjamin Zephaniah, Oliver Twist or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin, Black Harvest by Ann Pilling, King of Shadows by Susan Cooper.

Since the demise of the SATs, the APP (Assessment of Pupil Progress) has become the recognised form of tracking and assessment at KS3. This consists of termly assessment in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening to monitor pupil achievement and progress.


Key Stage 4
Pupils work towards two GCSEs in their English lessons over a three year period; English Language and English Literature (AQA A Specification).

Both qualifications consist of written coursework and exams. Texts include: Romeo and Juliet or a range of other Shakespeare plays, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley, Journey’s End by RC Sherriff, The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Pupils will also study a range of modern and Pre 20th Century poems from the AQA Anthology.


Key Stage 5
We offer three different A Level qualifications: English Language, English Literature and English Language and Literature. Each of the three courses aims to fully prepare students for University study and as such follow a rigorous, exciting and challenging academic programme.

All comprise of both written coursework and external examination modules and draw upon a mixture of classic and contemporary source material. The courses are extremely popular at KS5 and are very highly regarded by Universities.