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Worthing High School

Worthing High School

GCSE Results Day 2021


The English department is a vibrant and creative team. Students will experience:

  • A challenging and engaging curriculum.
  • Support from experienced and highly qualified teaching staff, both inside and outside lessons.
  • A range of interesting and engrossing texts to enjoy.
  • A safe learning environment which fosters the needs of individual students.

Information about the English Department

Curriculum Vision 

All students will become critical and enthusiastic readers and writers, confident verbal communicators and attentive listeners ready to fulfil their potential beyond Worthing High School.   

Curriculum Intent 

Curriculum intent: 

  • Our mixed ability classes in English encourage achievement for all, so that our students feel empowered to achieve their utmost potential. 

  • We teach at a high level, exposing all students to challenging vocabulary and discussion of complex ideas. We then differentiate to ensure all students are able to access the work.  

  • We provide students weekly independent extended writing practice, with a strong focus on developing resilience and the stamina required in the new exams.  

  • Every other week, students’ extended writing practice is based around a recent topical issue, promoting an awareness of current affairs and encouraging them to be critical thinkers. 

  • In each Year group, we read and study the same texts with each of our classes, openly discussing the human behaviours and issues which arise in the stories.  

  • Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is mostly taught in themed units to provide a wider exposure of both fiction and non-fiction texts, both whole texts and extracts.  

  • All Year 7, 8 and 9 classes begin with 10 minutes of silent reading, promoting reading for pleasure whilst also asserting the importance of reading regularly.  

  • Our students often work in groups and regularly present information to the rest of their class, encouraging them to become confident articulate speakers.  


Curriculum Sequencing 

Curriculum sequencing: 

Year 7  

Year 7 focusses on developing students’ analytical skills and understanding of narrative structures. We begin the year with the class reader ‘Holes’; this promotes a love of reading and literature and allows students across the year group to share the reading experience, easing transition. We then move on to our ‘Hocus Pocus’ unit, which exposes students to a wide variety of extracts taken from fiction texts. Following this, Year 7 students study their first Shakespeare text ‘The Tempest’, before finally working in groups on a non-fiction environment project, encouraging team work and collaborative development of their writing skills.  

Year 8 & Year 9  

Year 8 introduces 19th century fiction through the ‘Gothic Monsters’ unit in preparation for the study of ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ at GCSE. Students develop their understanding of the genre and become familiar with the language. They then apply this to a ‘Christmas Carol’, which also provides a better understanding of the class system and capitalism before they study ‘An Inspector Calls’ in Year 9. In the second term, students break away from considering solely British history and values by studying poems from different cultures. Students are then exposed to a wide range of non-fiction texts and develop their comparative skills - required for GCSE English Language paper - in the ‘Crime and Punishment’ unit. This theme continues as students study their second key stage 3 Shakespeare text ‘Macbeth’.  

Key Stage 4 

Students will go on to study AQA GCSE English Language 8700 and AQA GCSE English Literature 8702 in Year 9. At Worthing High School, all students study ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and the ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry cluster for AQA GCSE English Literature 8702. 

Aims of the English Department

  • To promote a love of English: reading, writing and spoken communication.
  • To nurture, support and challenge the skills of each individual student.
  • To encourage participation and recognise achievement.
  • To provide opportunities for teamwork, discussion and independent study.

Departmental Staff

  • Ms S Palmer: AHT Subject Leader of English
  • Ms H Davies: Assistant Subject Leader of English
  • Ms R Young
  • Ms L Wood
  • Ms G Wilks
  • Ms M Beckford
  • Mr S Ghanbari
  • Mrs N Hoad 


  • A well stocked Library LRC
  • Access to the Accelerated Reader scheme for all KS3 students and Sound Training support.
  • Access to a range of texts taught across the key stages.

Our Philosophy

We believe in fostering a love of Literature and the language in which we communicate. We believe that these are both essential to expanding students’ horizons and promoting empathy and a thirst for knowledge.

Key Stage Three (Year 7-9)

Key Stage Three English is taught in eight lessons over two weeks, with students spending one of these lessons in the Learning Resource Centre. Students explore a range of texts and writing styles through thematic units which include: Gothic Monsters, Conflict, Going Global, Hocus Pocus, Crime and Punishment and Heritage.

KS4 (Year 10 and 11)

At Key Stage Four, all students follow the AQA GCSE in both Language and Literature. The course will be assessed by exam only - please see the English Curriculum document below for more details.

Additional Sessions

Period 6 - Tuesdays

Revision Sessions

For Easter Revision Sessions, please see Exam Support and Timetables page - under Teaching & Learning.