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English Literature







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English at The Henry Beaufort School allows me to develop my understanding of other people’s perspectives due to the diverse range of Literature we study.’ – Jasmin W, Year 11

‘I like English as it can teach you vital life skills transferable to your career, such as collaboration and empathy.’ – Evie C, Year 11

‘In English, there’s an inviting atmosphere, where everyone is encouraged to share their views.’ – Isaac D, Year 11

‘The English Department go above and beyond to help students aim high for the grade that they want to achieve.’ – Emily T, Year 11



Welcome to English at The Henry Beaufort School, where we ignite the imagination, foster critical thinking, and explore a diverse range of literature and non-fiction texts from the 19th century to the present day over the course of our students’ 5-year journey.

Our intention is to cultivate students' creativity through writing, encouraging them to unleash their imaginations and craft narratives that resonate. We aim to nurture a passion for reading while honing the ability to critically evaluate and analyse texts, empowering students to engage thoughtfully with diverse ideas and perspectives.

At The Henry Beaufort School, our 5-year curriculum map ensures that students in year 7&8 are well-prepared to begin the study of GCSE English from year 9 onwards. Our 5-year curriculum map includes the study of a comprehensive range of literature and non-fiction texts that span centuries. From year 7 onwards, students’ study both timeless classics (such as ‘Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ in our Y7 ‘Glance at the Gothic module’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Y8) alongside contemporary works from influential figures such as Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson, in our Y7 ‘Inspirational People’ module and Marcus Rashford’s ‘You are a champion!’, allowing students to draw inspiration from the achievements of these modern-day icons, as well as exploring the impact of social activism through literature. To view our full 5-year Curriculum Map, please click on the link below.

Our commitment is not only to academic excellence but also to nurturing well-rounded individuals with a profound appreciation for literature's power to inspire, challenge, and provoke thought.


English Staff

Ms V Gist: Academic Leader

Miss C Knight: Academic Leader

Mr Harry Cameron: Subject Leader

Mrs Sarah Fradley: Subject Leader

Miss Hannah Brown: English Teacher

Miss Rachel Bean: English Teacher

Ms Victoria Herbert: English Teacher

Ms Sarah Howard: English Teacher

Mrs Ami Hartfield: English Teacher (ECT1)

Mrs Tracey Long: Literacy LSP



The subject content of the syllabus relates directly to the programme of study for Years 10 and 11 of the National Curriculum. 

Students will be expected to study 3 literature texts: a 19th century text, a modern prose and a Shakespearean play. They will also be expected to study a cluster from the AQA poetry Anthology ‘Poems past and present’ and respond to unseen poetry.




Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry 

Both papers will assess the skills of: understanding and responding to texts; maintaining a critical style within a personal response; using textual references appropriately; analysing language and structure using subject terminology; showing understanding of relationships between texts and the contexts they were written in; writing accurately and with a clear sense of purpose.


AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE – exams 2017 onwards


  • ‘Macbeth’ – William Shakespeare (Shakespeare text)
  • ‘Lord of the Flies’ – William Golding (Modern text)
  • ‘Jekyll and Hyde’- R.L Stevenson (19th Century text)
  • AQA ‘Power and Conflict’ Poetry Anthology

For all set texts, the CGP Revision Guides are available on the school website.



We are very proud of our 2023 English results, which remain in line with our 5-year results trend.

  • 83% students attained a 4 or above

  • 23% students attained a 7 or above

  • 6 students attained a 9

Provisional English Progress8 score: 0.45 (meaning on average students make half a grade more progress than KS2 scores predicted)