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English Literature and Language are highly successful courses at East Bergholt High School.  We enter all students for both subjects at GCSE, and many go on to study the subject at A-level and beyond.  The department has a good examination record at GCSE, proving the extent to which students thrive within the classroom.


Students are taught in their mixed ability form groups at the beginning of Year 7, and are then placed into ability sets from October half-term onwards. The aim is to ensure that students’ needs are met in a focused environment, allowing them to make the most progress during their time at EBHS. Each member of the team is committed to ensuring that we:

  • Promote a love of reading and learning that lasts long after students leave East Bergholt High School.
  • Help develop an appreciation of language in all its forms.
  • Give students access to a variety of texts from different time periods, genres, forms and authors.
  • Provide an opportunity to write both critically and creatively.
  • Enable students access to extra-curricular opportunities to enhance learning.
  • Provide an engaging curriculum at both Key Stage Three and Four.
  • Ensure students have effective communication skills as they progress beyond high school.
  • Provide a safe environment in which to learn and thrive. 


Key Stage Three

At Key Stage Three, students are taught in termly units, allowing them time to develop a deeper understanding of the topic we have chosen. Their journey through Key Stage Three ensures that GCSE skills are covered and assessed, giving us a good indication of their progression. The syllabus at Key Stage Three is as follows: 

  • Year 7: Nature, Introduction to Shakespeare, The Mystery Novel, Skills for Fiction and Language Preparation (Progress Test), and Cultural Poetry,
  • Year 8 : War Literature, Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Short Stories, and Skills for Fiction and Language Preparation (Progress Test),
  • Year 9: Gothic Fiction, Non-Fiction, Language Preparation (GCSE Language Paper 2), GCSE Poetry – Power and Conflict.

 In addition, students receive one lesson a fortnight on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammer (SPaG) to ensure key examination skills are regularly visited. In addition, a further lesson a fortnight is delivered in the Learning Resource Centre where students develop their reading skills and participate in the Accelerated Reader Programme. 


Key Stage Four

Students in Key Stage Four sit the AQA Language and Literature examinations. All students will study the following texts:

  • Macbeth
  • Power and Conflict poetry
  • An Inspector Calls
  • A Christmas Carol

Students currently sit a number of mock examination papers across the two years, with in class assessments made regularly.  


Staff and Responsibilities:The department comprises 7 full-time teachers and 2 part-time teachers:

  • Miss S Andrew – Leader of English
  • Miss S Newman  - Second in English with responsibility for KS3
  • Miss S Burtle – Second in English with responsibility for KS3 (Maternity cover)
  • Miss A Harvey - Year Leader
  • Mr S Mallard – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs C Schmidt - Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs N Jeffery - Teacher of English; ITT and NQT Coordinator
  • Mrs L Barnett – Teacher of English
  • Ms S Langley – Teacher of English


The department is a friendly, open and close-knit one, operating in a mutually supportive atmosphere.  We pride ourselves on our professional approach to our work and we are committed to making English a challenging, enjoyable and interesting subject for all students.