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Course Overview

Autumn 1: Novel American Classics (10 weeks) - Students will read one of two texts, Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird. They will be asked to consider context surrounding their text. They will further develop their analytical skills. Reading (A01, 2, 3 and 4)

Autumn 2: Narrative Writing (4 weeks) - Students will draw upon their previous experience of writing in a narrative form. They will develop these skills further and be introduced to more complex narrative devices. Writing (A05/6) 

Spring 1: Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing – Students will read their second Shakespeare text and further explore the writer’s use of language, structure and form. They will focus on how Shakespeare establishes relationships between the characters. Reading (A01, 2, 3 and 4)

Spring 2: Non-fiction Writing- Students will discuss a range of topics and ideas and learn to write critically about. They will develop their discursive writing skills by writing from a clear view point. They will develop their ability to debate and put forward their opinions in an engaging written form. Writing (A05/6)

Summer 1 and Summer 2: Poetry: Power and Conflict cluster from GCSE English Literature anthology – Students will study fifteen poems that focus on the theme of power and conflict . They will develop their knowledge of context surrounding the poems and compare two poems by looking analytically at the effect of language, structure and form. This is in preparation for their GCSE English Literature examination. Reading (A01, 2 and 3

Summer 3: (Year 10) – Introduction to GCSE English Language Paper 2 Section A -Students will learn about how writers from the 19th, 20th and 21st century present different viewpoints and perspectives in non-fiction texts. They will analyse language and structure; they will also develop the skills needed to be able to compare the presentation of viewpoints between two texts. Reading (AO1, 2 and 3)

All English Assessment Objectives and criteria (AOs) can be found on the AQA website: www.aqa.org.uk Assessments will take place at the end of each unit.

Useful Links

Non Fiction:


Read articles from:

Creative Writing:
New GCSE English Writing Skills Study Guide - For the Grade 9-1 Courses CGP Books

Recommended Reading

American Classics: Isolation and Discrimination

Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee: Go Set a Watchman

Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner

Markus Zusak: The Book Thief

George Orwell: Animal Farm

Malorie Blackman: Noughts and Crosses

Romeo and Juliet

CPG: GCSE English Shakespeare Text Guide Romeo and Juliet

CGP: KS3 English Shakespeare Text Guide - Romeo and Juliet


Year 9 English Schemes of Learning
"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
“Excellent facilities, improving school”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Very impressed with the sports facilities"
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
“Impressed with the consistent enthusiasm of the teaching staff when discussing feedback”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
“I especially liked the Science and Maths departments”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Driven leadership, confident pupils. Staff friendly and open to discussing subjects and needs of my child”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"So pleased that both my children are at a school, where the performing arts (and other arts) are such a priority."
- Parent
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
“Welcoming staff, friendly, confident students and excellent facilities”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Great facilities. Dedicated and enthusiastic staff”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Thank you for making my daughter's first year with you such a good one. We are impressed with how she has settled in and grown as a person throughout the year"
- Year 7 Parent
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
“Great opportunity to meet staff and gain greater depth of my child’s achievement”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Clean, bright, vibrant learning space”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"I am so pleased with the School Gateway app. Every day I can see any achievement and behaviour points my daughter gets and she knows that I’ll discuss it with her; it encourages her to do well."
- Year 8 Parent
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
“It was good to speak to his form tutor and hear about what is happening in class”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Friendly staff, well-behaved kids”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"I applaud the focus on rewarding good behaviour. My son feels appreciated and recognised at Allerton Grange; we're all so proud."
- Year 8 Parent
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
“Excellent feedback, we’re very happy with progress so far”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018