English Faculty

Ms. F Pugh

Essa English: Expect Excellence


In English we strive to instil a love of literature, reading and writing, in order to promote and support success in all subjects.


We offer a challenging and varied curriculum, incorporating classic British literature, as well as texts from other cultures and times.  During their five years studying English at Essa Academy, students will read a wide range of texts from the 16th century to the modern day; they will read fiction and non-fiction, whole novels, plays and poems as well as extracts. 


These texts are used as stimulus for discussion, debate, analysis and as models for students' own creative writing.


The English Curriculum:

We follow the Edexcel exam board and offer two GCSEs in English Language and English Literature.

Step Up to English classes are offered for students new to English, to enable them to access the curriculum.  In these lessons they will develop their own use of the English language, both spoken and written. A small number of students sit the AQA Entry Level qualification in English as an alternative to GCSE.

Students are provided with their own copies of the following GCSE texts to support their learning:


  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  • An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley or Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

  • ​Edexcel Revision guides

Curriculum by Year group

​Year 7
Students begin their journey at Essa with a Survival themed course, which supports their transition from primary to secondary. They will study Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and subverting Fairytales for a modern audience.

Year 8
Students will study tragic heroes in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and focus on dystopian literature such as The Hunger Games and Animal Farm.

Year 9
Students will investigate conflict in war through a variety of texts such as Journey’s End and War poetry. They will explore the darker side of literature through gothic tales such as Woman in Black and begin to study the Literature GCSE text, Macbeth.

Year 10 
This year, the GCSE course is continued through pre 19th century novels, such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or A Christmas Carol, and poetry centered around the theme Clashes and Collisions.

Year 11
Students will continue poetry and prose and develop language analysis and themes in their second play, Blood Brothers or An Inspector Calls. They will also revise poetry, Shakespeare and language in preparation for their final exams.
Revision sessions and intervention sessions are offered weekly.

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