Faculty: English

Head of Faculty: Mrs L Orrell


To promote high expectations, aspirations, and personal success for every student and to foster a love of literature and language, enabling students to communicate effectively through all aspects of life.

At Hawkley Hall High School, we inspire leaners to have a passion for English that goes beyond the classroom. We aim to foster a love of reading and writing. During their study of English, we want our students to become enthusiastic readers, who have a love of reading and can express their own thoughts through effective language in writing and thoughtful discussion.
We want our students to have the key skills that are needed beyond Hawkley Hall High School, to succeed in whichever pathway they choose in education or beyond. We want our learners to be able to write fluently, with clarity and ambition. We want our students to effectively contribute to discussions and listen and respond to others thoughtfully. We would like them to be confident in expressing their opinions and challenge the thinking of others.
In order to do this effectively, we follow the main principles of the Hawkley Way. This creates a learning environment that is built on mutual respect, honesty and kindness.

Overview of the English Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:

English KS3 Curriculum Overview

English KS4 Curriculum Overview

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

Click here to view the GCSE English Language specification

Click here to view the GCSE English Literature specification


Enrichment and Additional Learning Opportunities 

The English Faculty provide many opportunities for revision and extra-curricular activities:

  • Theatre trips to enhance student learning, particularly for set texts at GCSE
  • Participation in the Rotary Club’s Youth Speaks Competition
  • Reading competitions against local secondary schools.
  • Entering students’ outstanding work into competitions throughout the year in creative writing and poetry.
  • Early morning reading group
  • Celebration of World Book Day and World Poetry Day
  • Warhammer Club
  • Harry Potter Club