GSO Test


The English Department at St Thomas More offers a high-quality education, in which we endeavour to teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. We believe that through the study of English, we enable our students to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Key Stage 3

At KS3, our curriculum focuses on developing skills already learnt at KS2 in English, as well as embedding those at KS4. Students study a variety of texts from Shakespearean plays, to Dickens’ novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ and World War One poetry. In terms of writing, students are taught to write creatively, as well as to express a point of view.

Key Stage 4

Each student will study the AQA English Language and the AQA English Literature courses. These are two separate GCSEs (each comprising two exams) and students will be awarded two separate 1-9 grades.

With the exciting changes to the English GCSE specification which were implemented in 2015, students now study the following Literature at KS4

Shakespeare play

Modern novel

19th Century novel

Collection of poetry

For their English Language GCSE, students study and prepare for the following exams

Explorations in creative writing

Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives

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