“Books are a uniquely portable magic”
Stephen King

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
Margaret Fuller


The Bedford High School English department is committed to providing all students with the opportunities to study a creative and innovative curriculum. We are dedicated to raising the profile of reading and fostering a passion for literature. English skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – are crucial in enabling students to succeed across the curriculum and, indeed, in life.

Key Stage 3
Students study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts from around the world and from different periods of history. The curriculum allows students to develop their analytical skills and become confident writers, so that they are prepared for the demands of the new GCSE curriculum.
Year 7 Content
All students in KS3 have an accelerated reading lesson for one hour per week
Monsters, Ghouls and Ghosts
Shakespeare – Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Tempest
Modern Novel
Poetry Across the Ages
Examination Skills

Year 8 Content
Modern Novel
Non-fiction – Current Affairs
Poetry from Other Cultures
Short Stories – Then and Now
Examination skills

Year 9 Content
Novel – Seminal world Literature
Shakespeare – Macbeth
Travel Writing and Writing Skills
Poetry – Relationships or Conflict
19th century Novel – Sign of Four
Examination skills

Key Stage 4
For students leaving Summer 2016
A good grade in English is the gateway to future success and underpins achievement in all other subjects. There are 2 tiers of entry:  foundation tier awards grades G – C, higher tier awards grades D – A*.  Decisions regarding tiers of entry are made in year 11 and will be based on performance in the mock exams and on assessment results.
For students starting Year 10 September 2015 onwards
All pupils will sit 4 examinations at the end of Year 11. Examinations are no longer tiered.
• Explorations in creative reading and writing
• Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
• Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
• Modern texts and poetry
Also, there will be a non-examination assessment for spoken language.

Teaching and Learning Leader :Mrs M Swaine
Teaching and Learning Manager : Mrs K Blackburn
Assistant Head : Miss V Shakespeare
Learning Manager : Mrs K Eaton
Literacy Coordinator: Miss R Sargent
Teaching and Learning Development: Miss E Lamey
Teachers of English:
Mrs K Clark

Click here to download our Key Stage 4 Curriculum information