Our vision:

The English Faculty will empower every child to be able to communicate confidently and creatively, question curiously and critically and leave Erdington Academy with a love of literature that nourishes them for life.


English Map of Learning

Texts currently studied in Key Stage 3 English:

  • A Monster Calls– Patrick Ness (Year 7)
  • Millions (Year 7)
  • Julius Caesar– William Shakespeare (Year 7)
  • Detective Fiction (Year 7)
  • The Crucible– Arthur Miller (Year 8)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream– William Shakespeare (Year 8)
  • Poetry (Year 8)

Texts currently studied in Key Stage 4 English:

  • Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde- Robert Louis Stevenson (Year 9)
  • An Inspector Calls- B. Priestley (Year 9)
  • An anthology of poetry exploring social issues (Year 9)
  • *A Christmas Carol– Charles Dickens (Year 10) (Click here to access a free online version)
  • *Macbeth– William Shakespeare (Year 10) (Click here to access a free online version)
  • *Animal Farm– George Orwell (Year 11)
  • *The ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster of the AQA poetry anthology (Students will receive copies by January of the year of examination)

*Examination text

GCSE Specifications:

AQA English Language

AQA English Literature

Further study:

Erdington Academy Twitter Feed

BBC Education

BBC Skillswise


No Fear Shakespeare

Show My Homework (Erdington Academy students are all provided with login details.)

Examination Dates, May & June 2020:

English Language 8700 (1h 45m per paper)

  • 8700/1 Explorations in creative reading and writing: Tuesday 2nd June 2020
  • 8700/2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives: Friday 5th June 2020

English Literature 8702

  • 8702/1 Shakespeare and the 19th century novel: Wednesday 13th May 2020 (1h 45m)
  • 8702/2 Modern texts and poetry: Thursday 21st May 2020 (2h 15m)

Extra-curricular activities 2017:

  • Debate Mate: Tuesdays after-school. Open to Year 7-10 students.
  • Book Club: Tuesdays after-school. Open to Year 7 students, run by Year 10 students.
  • HPA master-classes: held at various times throughout the year, during lunch time or Fridays after-school.
  • Revision sessions: day to be confirmed, taking place afterschool from January of the year of examination.
  • Writing Club: Thursdays after-school. Invitation only.

Throughout the year, trips are organised and offered to students where possible, as well.

Suggested Reading Lists:

Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4.