English at The Academy at Shotton Hall covers everything from good old Shakespeare and Chaucer right through to gripping modern day texts such as Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Students learn how to write in different styles and study various forms of media including the internet and advertising - getting the chance to become inventors in our very own Dragon’s Den competition.

Our ‘Keys to Success’ literacy programme ensures students learn the basics to help them not only in English but across the whole curriculum. Students enjoy English because it is varied, fast-paced and fun. Every student is inspired to believe in their potential and to aim high.

Our school newspaper ‘Spotlight’ is published every half term and the newspaper club is run by English teacher, Miss Jamieson. In addition the English department hosts many after school clubs including a homework club and reading club which are very popular with our students.

The Spelling Bee is also an exciting annual highlight with our Year 7s taking part in the Times newspaper’s national event as well as in house competitions.

Towards the end of the last school year, our Year 8s and 9s organised the ‘Coffee, Cake and Curiosity’ event which celebrated the creative, cross-curricular homework projects based on the award-winning novel, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon. The exhibition of work showcased over 300 projects which ranged from cakes and sculptures through to interactive games and actual rockets! See the archive news pages for more information and pictures. A huge success, we look forward to introducing a creative homework project at the end of this academic year.

All of the English teachers are so enthusiastic that it’s difficult not to enjoy English lessons! The best part of English for me is the group work we do and the Everybody Writes Day was brilliant.
Year 8 student

Dynamic Learning and Spellodrome are two interactive internet based learning tools we have invested in for students to use at home to help improve their spelling, punctuation and grammar. Their login details should be written in their planners.

This year watch out for more thrilling trips (including Whitby, Stratford-Upon-Avon and London), events and new initiatives including:


Shotton Hall’s Big Mouth
The I Club
Punctuation Pow Wow
Groovy Grammar
Spelling Bee

Curriculum information

You can download a breakdown of the learning outcomes and topics we teach below, or you can click the following links for more detailed syllabus information from the exam boards:

Year 10 AQA New specification English Language GCSE 8700 and English Literature GCSE 8702