Details of the curriculum for KS3 and KS4 are included here split into Year group information. Click on the relevant tab on the left to access this.
The English Department aims to enrich its students’ cultural knowledge and their understanding of the human condition through the study of a broad range of contemporary and historical literature, drama and film, carefully selected from both the British literary canon and from acclaimed authors that offer a broader global perspective. It is a curriculum that will help our students to think with critical independence and to act with compassion. Beyond Upton, we hope to have inspired in our students a lifelong passion for reading and a confident ability to communicate their ideas, both creatively and accurately, through the written and spoken word.
Mrs Seed [Head of English]
Mrs Seed trained in the performing before attaining a BA first class Honours in English Literature at the University of Sheffield. A passionate reader of classic literature, she is particularly interested in the satirical writing of the 18th century and the novels panoramic of the 19th Century. Her favourite novels include Austen’s Persuasion, Hugo’s Les Miserables, Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness and the revisionary Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, as well as the Shakespearean plays, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure and Much Ado About Nothing.
Mr Pearson [Deputy Head of English]
Mr Pearson gained a BA Honours in English Studies at Sheffield Hallam University, achieving a first in his creative writing dissertation. His poetry then went on to be published in Oxford Poetry Quartz Magazine and Student Quarterly Magazine. He is an avid teacher of works by Shakespeare, Blake, Hardy and Austen. His favourite novel since childhood is J.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Mrs Wildman graduated from the University of Liverpool with BA Honours in English Literature, going on to attain an MA in Educational Leadership alongside teaching in the English Department at Upton. She has a particular interest in teaching poetry and the representation of women and families in literature. Her favourite novel is The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and the non-fiction text ‘Everything I Know About Love’ by Dolly Anderton.
Miss McHarron attained a BA Honours in Linguistics and English Language before going on to specialise in supporting students in SEND education for three years. She joined the department directly after qualifying as an English teacher and she supports the wider life of the school at Upton by serving as a staff governor. Her favourite novel is Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
Mr Miller joined the English Department after specialising in the teaching of A-Level at Birkenhead Sixth-Form college. He brought with him a wealth of experience at teaching a wide range of subjects at Advanced Level and is an avid critical reader of both literature and film for pleasure. His favourite novel is James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Miss Nelson attained her BA Honours in English Literature at the University of Warrick. We were delighted when she joined the department in September 2021 and she will continue to study for a MA in Professional Education with the University of Warwick alongside her teaching. Her dissertation will evaluate the influence of literary heritage in the English curriculum and we look forward to incorporating her research ideas into our own curriculum offering at Upton. Academically, she is particularly interested in Romantic Poetry and the 19th Century novel. Her favourite books are Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Work from the department.
Curriculum The following student work exemplifies excellence in writing across the key stages.
Exemplar 1: Year 7 journalistic writing based on Private Peaceful
Curriculum The following student work exemplifies excellence in reading across the key stages:
English Beyond the Curriculum
At the end of the school year, the English Department run an annual competition called ‘English Hall of Fame’ for students to submit original work that reaches beyond the curriculum. They are invited to submit work that might include poetry, short stories, book reviews and art work. In 2020-2021 the following work attained a prize in their year group:
Exemplar 2: Original Poetry ‘The Seagull’s Song
Exemplar 3: A portrait of Shakespeare
Exemplar 5: Original art work – portrait of Boxer from ‘Animal Farm’
Exemplar 1: Original Poetry ‘The Girl with the Long Dark Hair’
Exemplar 2: Original Poetry ‘My Beloved’
Exemplar 3: Original writing – short story
Exemplar 4: Critical writing book review of ‘The Last Warrior’
World Book Day
Despite being unable to run our annual book-themed art exhibition for World Book Day in 2021, we still ran on online competition for original art work and book front covers. The following work received a commendation.
Exemplar 1: Year 7 student ‘The Ghost of Gosswater’
Exemplar 2: Year 7 student ‘Shine’ – a cover design for a novel the student is currently writing
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