We follow the Cambridge Secondary English Curriculum for Key Stage 3 (Years 7 through to 9), which is aligned with the British National Curriculum. It encourages our learners to be confident, creative and intellectually engaged, as well as capable of applying their skills to respond to a range of information, media and text with enjoyment and understanding.

Learners who follow this framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding. The Cambridge Secondary English curriculum framework provides a solid foundation on which the later stages of education will be built.

Internationally Recognised Assessment

As a Cambridge School, we offer internally assessed Cambridge Secondary Progression Tests at the end of each year, and the course culminates in the external Cambridge Checkpoint examinations at the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 9).

Course Content

For Cambridge Secondary English, the curriculum promotes an enquiry-based approach to learning to develop thinking skills and encourage intellectual engagement. The curriculum is presented in five content areas:

  1. Phonics, spelling and vocabulary
  2. Grammar and punctuation
    • Reading
    • Writing
  3. Reading
    • Fiction and poetry
    • Non-fiction
  4. Writing
    • Fiction and poetry
    • Non-fiction
  5. Speaking and listening

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Literacy Week

Each year, our Lower Secondary School hosts the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party during Literacy Week.

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The English Department is fully sourced with textbooks for each student throughout Key Stage 3. Our materials provide a rich, engaging and comprehensive coverage of the Cambridge Secondary Curriculum and are combined with differentiation to support all learners with a range of up-to-date, international literature and non-fiction texts.

We also have a growing library that currently stocks over four hundred books that include bestselling Young Adult Fiction, Classics and Modern Classics, graphic novels, autobiographies of our student’s role models and so much more.