At Hermitage Academy, students of English study a rich, engaging and challenging curriculum. Learners analyse a wide variety of texts, including poetry, plays, fiction as well as non-fiction prose and the media. Our students are encouraged to read texts through time, from medieval tales to modern writing, including gothic fiction and war poetry.

One of the core dramatists whose work students explore is of course, Shakespeare! Learners investigate Shakespeare’s language and dramatic storytelling and discover social, cultural and historical contexts linked to his work, including how, for example, King James’s fascination and suspicion of ‘witches’ influenced Macbeth!. Delving into literary contexts means that our students can draw on their knowledge from many other disciplines too such as history, geography and art.

Self-expression is a fundamental aspect of English lessons and this comes in many different guises. Our students enjoy expressing viewpoints through extended essay writing skills and they also write creatively in a variety of formats for many real-world purposes. Our school encourages our students to formulate opinions and challenge these through discussion, debate and questioning.  Opportunities are provided for students to enjoy and reflect on their own reading too, as well as studying text type conventions, style and the importance of editing and proofreading their writing. Throughout the course, students develop and hone their creative, analytical and critical enquiry skills in English, underpinned by an ethos of discovery, resilience and independent thinking.

Year 7: 

  • Introduction to English
  • Travel and Adventure    
  • Gothic
  • Shakespeare
  • War Poetry     
  • I am Malala     

Year 8:

  • Faces and Places       
  • Blood Brothers
  • Shakespeare
  • Victorian Britain
  • OMAM
  • Room 101

Year 9:

  • Letters through time   
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Fiction Frenzy
  • Macbeth
  • Language Paper 2; S+L

Year 9 poetry:

  • Ozymandias
  • Remains
  • Kamikaze
  • War Photographer
  • Exposure
  • Storm on the Island    

Year 10:

  • Power and Conflict Poetry      
  • A Christmas Carol   
  • Language Paper 2
  • Macbeth
  • Language Paper 1       

Year 10SMART/Hwk:

  • An Inspector Calls
  • Power and Conflict Poetry
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Macbeth

Year 11:

  • Macbeth; Lang P1 A   
  • Macbeth; ACC; Lang P1 B
  • AIC; Lang P2 A
  • P+C Poetry; Lang P2 B
  • Revision

Year 11 SMART/Hwk::

  • ACC; Exposure + Remains
  • Storm on the Island + Prelude
  • Macbeth; Emigree + London
  • AIC
  • Revision