In the English Department, we pride ourselves on our broad and varied curriculum.

“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” JK Rowling


At Key Stage 3, we follow the English Mastery programme to help make our pupils literate readers and articulate writers, ensuring they have the necessary knowledge and skills in order to confidently and successfully progress to GCSE study. There are 3 strands, Literary Heritage, Mastery Writing and Reading for Pleasure.

English Mastery fully shares the guiding principle of the National Curriculum: to develop a deep appreciation and love of reading and writing. We help pupils develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually through the texts they study and the activities they complete. Tasks are carefully sequenced so that pupils develop a range of different skills.

Our curriculum is cumulative and integrated. All the content and knowledge is connected so that pupils form a firm foundation of literary and linguistic knowledge that will enable them to read and write accurately and critically. In our curriculum, knowledge is cumulative to ensure pupils know more and remember more. Each strand, each unit within each strand, each lesson within each unit and each activity within each lesson builds on what has come before and acknowledges what is to come.

In Key Stage 4, we follow the GCSE AQA Language and GCSE Edexcel Literature specifications. Learning Language and Literature together, pupils greatly benefit from the transferable knowledge and skills learnt across the two subjects.

GCSE Language enables pupils of all abilities to build on the KS3 curriculum, developing the knowledge and skills they need to

GCSE Literature also builds on the KS3 curriculum and encourages pupils to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Pupils get the opportunity to

About Us:

We are committed to promoting our pupils’ progress in speaking and listening, reading and writing in engaging and varied ways. Functional skills are embedded into our schemes of work throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. Functional skills help young people take a more active and responsible role in education, in their communities and in the workplace, to be more alert and responsive to changes in technology, to communicate effectively and to be literate in the broadest sense.

Our English lessons recognise that English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, whilst also being fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English at Haughton Academy, pupils will develop the skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Pupils will learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively. 

Enriching the learning experience for pupils is important to us, and we have a variety of ways which enable us to do this, including:

Our detailed and personalised planning always includes emphasis on independent learning. Pupils’ creativity is encouraged by providing opportunities to experiment, build on ideas or follow their own interests. Creativity in English extends beyond narrative and poetry to other forms and uses of language. We feel this is essential in allowing pupils to progress to higher levels of understanding and in becoming independent learners. 

Through English, pupils will learn about the great traditions of Literature and about how modern writers see the world today. Through the study of Language and Literature, pupils will read texts from a variety of cultures and traditions. They will also gain an appreciation of the heritage that contributes to the richness of spoken and written language.

Curriculum Pathway:

A Curriculum Summary document for English can be found by clicking here.

The following provides you with a Learning Journey of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum here in Haughton Academy a copy can be found by clicking here.

English Learning Journey


The English department consists of full-time and some part time teachers, these are;

If you have any further queries about the English curriculum on offer at Haughton Academy please get in touch with Mrs Loughran (Subject Leader for English)  jloughran@educationvillage.org.uk