Welcome to the English Faculty.

Summer Study Letter July 2017
Summer Study and Work Preparation Resource July 2017


We are a team of twelve teachers, all of whom teach across the Key Stages. We are assisted by two specialist Teaching Assistants and work closely with the Inclusion team in supporting students with additional needs in English.


At Queen Elizabeth’s School, the English Faculty offer popular and dynamic learning opportunities for all students to develop their creative reading and writing skills. Our aim is to enrich, inspire and develop a passion for language and literature that will stay with pupils for life. Often internal and national writing competitions are promoted from within the faculty and likewise there are regular reading challenges designed to promote a love of reading across the key stages. As well as this, staff work tirelessly to ensure all students excel and reach their potential in all aspects of their KS3, GCSE and post-16 courses. Intervention is common place, with teachers working closely to support students in improving their exam and coursework performance.




We are very proud of our results with English Language GCSE hitting 81% in 2014 and 85% A*-C in 2015.  This summer we achieved 85% A*-C in English Language or Literature.  We continue to strive for excellence and are aiming for even better results in 2017 with the new specifications.



Our students have opportunities to attend conferences, workshops and performances as well as participate in National Competitions. Recent trips have included visits to The Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford, a performance at Poole's Lighthouse, A level Conferences, a theatre trip to London and a residential trip the Battlefields in Belgium.


When students join us in Year 9 we work closely with our link schools to ensure a smooth transition and then we work to build the skills needed for the GCSE courses.  Year 9 is a preparatory year where students cover both English Language and English Literature within their 6 lessons a fortnight.  We cover texts such as Macbeth by Williams Shakespeare, an introduction to characterisation by Charles Dickens, A 20th Century novel, a selection of Poetry from the Literary Heritage and non-fiction extracts.  We also work to develop writing skills using a wide variety of purposes and audiences.


In Years 10 & 11 most students will study both the AQA Language and AQA Literature course. Both courses are linear and will be assessed through external exams at the end of Year 11.


The Language course will prepare for the two papers, one focussed on fiction and the other non- fiction. Students will need to confidently read a number of source texts, both modern and from the 19th Century.

For more information about English Language, please explore the specification:

English Language GCSE


The Literature course will engage students in the study of a 19th Century novel (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens), a Shakespeare play (Macbeth), a contemporary play (Blood Brothers by Willy Russell) and an Anthology of Poetry.

For more information about English Literature, please explore the specification:



English is a popular and well-recognised A Level choice that supports a variety of future career pathways. Many of our students go on to study English as Undergraduates. The Post-16 information evening provides an invaluable opportunity to discover more about our A Level English options, and we also offer Taster Lessons in the Summer Term.


We currently offer two A Level courses:


·         Edexcel English Literature

·         AQA English Language and Literature


For more information about English Literature, please explore the specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/english-literature-2015.html


For more information about English Language and Literature, please explore the specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-and-literature-7706-7707



For further information please contact Head of Faculty, Mrs Claire Bailey cbailey@qe.dorset.sch.uk