Welcome to the English Department at Outwood Academy Ormesby

The skills of reading and writing are essential and allow people to understand the world in which we live in. The development of these skills are at the core of our curriculum at Outwood Academy Ormesby. A thematic approach means that students are exposed to a wide range of literary and non-fiction texts that span a number of contexts and cultures. Not only will students develop the skill of analysis, but they will also be encouraged to become independent and critical readers. The analysis of texts provide models of outstanding writing, enabling students to develop their own styles. Our students are encouraged to write for a variety of forms, purpose and audiences.

Key Stage 3 Overview

The Key Stage 3 curriculum provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the WJEC course in Key Stage 4. Pupils will undergo several assessments each year, focusing on the skills required for GCSE. The Mastery curriculum means that each year pupils will have the opportunity to learn and develop their ability to appreciate writer’s
techniques and use this knowledge to create their own imaginative and detailed pieces of fictional and non-fictional writing.


Key Stage 4 Overview

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature – WJEC

The study of GCSE English Language and English Literature begins in Year 9 and is completed at the end of Year 11.
Pupils have the opportunity to develop their skills from KS3 and apply their analytical, critical and evaluative skills to GCSE literature texts and a variety of language resources relevant to the demands of year 11 examinations. The recent changes to that way that GCSE are assessed means that the new GCSE specifications for English Language and English Literature are 100% examined qualifications.
In English Language, their learning focuses on developing the skills for two exam components. The reading sections require them to read and answer questions on twentieth-century fiction and nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction writing. The writing tasks include narrative and transactional writing.
For the English Literature specification, students will read and analyse ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley. They will also be tested on their understanding of prepared and unseen poetry.

GCSE Specifications

GCSE English and English Literature Revision Website

English teachers and directors from across the Trust have created a revision website which is closely tailored to the messages students receive in their English lessons. We have a wealth of expertise in delivering the WJEC/Eduqas specifications that all our academies use for English and our website ensures that students can access advice and materials which will help them to achieve the best grades they can at any time. Students will need their academy Google login details to access the website.

The website can be accessed by following this link: revision.english.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities

Year 11 Enrichment is available every Monday from 2.30pm – 3.30pm with English specialists.

Independent Learning Opportunities

  • Students are encouraged to complete independent reading at home.
  • Homework is frequently provided for students in year 7 and 8.
  • In addition to this, a Seneca classroom has been created for KS4 students.

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

The English curriculum explores texts from other cultures and traditions and evaluates how social context can influence people’s behaviour and lives. Moreover, students are encouraged to develop their empathy skills so they are able to understand other people’s emotions. Students are given the opportunities to study a wide variety of texts that cover different religious beliefs and attitudes and are taught to respect different values.


Mrs S Herron- Head of Department
Mrs G Molyneux –Second in English
Mr D Anyinsah- Teacher of English
Mrs A Arnold- Teacher of English
Mrs A King- Teacher of English
Miss K Cavanagh – Teacher of English
Miss O Haile – Teacher of English
Miss E Rowney – Teacher of English

Director Support

Mrs S Cole – Director of English