Curriculum Intent

‘When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater that the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.’ – James Earl Jones

Mrs A M Carney
Curriculum Leader English

Mrs C Sharples
Second Curriculum Leader over KS3 English

Mrs J Arnold
Teacher of English and Maths (SEND)

Mr H Bredbury
Teacher of English

Ms L Carter
Teacher of English

Miss C Feeney
Teacher of English

Mr M Maloney
Teacher of English (Maternity cover)

Mrs A Relf
Teacher of English and Maths (SEND)

Ms C Stranack
Teacher of English

Miss K Wilcock
Teacher of English

English has a pre-eminent place in both education and society. A high-quality education in English teaches students to speak and write fluently, so that they can effectively communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Through reading and listening, others can communicate with them, leading to further understanding across diverse cultural, national, age and gender boundaries, thus empowering students’ empathy for others.


Reading in particular, enables students to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables students to flourish, acquiring knowledge and understanding, building on what they know as well as enriching their understanding of what they may not yet have experienced. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a valuable member of society.


At St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, it is our intention to develop confident learners and developed young adults, who can communicate effectively in both the written and spoken form, whilst also ensuring that they have the patience and empathy to listen and respect the opinions of others.


English isn’t simply a curriculum area it is a passport to life, which enables students to communicate effectively, developing skills that will follow them through life, and taking into account the improving local economy and labour market, prepare them for life in the world or work.

Welcome from Mrs Carney


Curriculum Rationale - English

Curriculum Overview - English


Year 7 English Progress Grid

Year 8 English Progress Grid

Year 9 English Progress Grid




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