The Key Stage 3 English curriculum at St Kevin’s builds on the achievements of 11-year-olds at Key Stage 2 and aims to develop key skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening.


Our curriculum is designed to engage our students through the use of interesting and relevant topics and foster an appreciation of good literature through the study of a wide variety of texts.

Topics covered include; Writing For a Purpose, Narrative Poetry, Prose, Media and Drama.

Language work is focused on comprehension, vocabulary, paragraphing, standard English and spelling

Pupils are assessed rigorously throughout the year and are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and development through the use of clear assessment targets.


Our GCSE English Language specification encourages students to explore and respond, both imaginatively and critically, to a variety of texts. Students use reading to improve their writing skills. They also enhance their understanding of how language variations relate to identity and cultural diversity.

Studying this subject develops key transferable skills, such as selecting and adapting speech and writing to suit different situations and audiences.

The specification provides a sound basis for progression to further study, higher education or employment. This qualification can lead to careers in the media, advertising or marketing and, with further study, teaching or law.

The specification has four units:

  • Unit 1: Writing for Purpose and Audience and Reading to Access Non-Fiction and Media Texts

  • Unit 2: Speaking and Listening

  • Unit 3: Studying Spoken and Written Language

  • Unit 4: Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-Fiction Texts.