At the Academy of Saint Nicholas students have five, one hour lessons of English per week in Y7 and Y8. We value creativity as well as technical accomplishments and we offer students’ opportunities to develop and showcase their talents in English through both Academy and external competitions, and events.

Reading for Pleasure

We have an open plan library on the English floor. All students are members of the Library and books can be borrowed during library lessons and the designated lunchtime for each year group. We are developing a Reading Leadership Team to use our students’ talents and develop leaders of the future. The Reading Leadership Team will help to shape the development of reading for pleasure and the library for the whole school; this will include Reading Revolutionaries, Student Librarians and Assistants, as well as form group Reading Champions.



In years 7-9 pupils are taught a wide range of topics including literary non-fiction, prose, poetry and drama Students learn to appreciate the development of literature and language over time, studying texts representative of the English Literary Heritage and beyond. Our curriculum builds on the skills taught in KS2, leading to the skills demanded by the new GCSEs in English Language and Literature at the end of KS4. Whilst we prepare our students for the demands of GCSE, we also prepare them for life beyond school within a wide-ranging curriculum, covering reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Students are regularly assessed and are given opportunities to re-visit and improve work so that they deepen their understanding of what success looks like.

Homework is set once a week, which includes quizzes and extended written responses. A homework workbook will be sent home with your child at the start of each unit so that you can see the homework tasks in advance.

Additional provision: some students may need additional help to support their progress. Some students will follow our small-group programme ‘Reading Wise’ to support phonics development and/or development of comprehension skills. We work closely with our Small Learning Community and the SEND department to support our students in their academic and social development.

KS3 Curriculum overview

Y7 Class novel

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Literature through time: Fantastic Beasts Poetry through time: Planet Earth Class novel:

Holes by Louis Sachar

Literature and Literary Non-Fiction: A Child in Time Introduction to Shakespeare
Y8 Victorian Ghost Stories Literature and Literary Non-Fiction A Dickens Selection Poetry through time: Forms of poetry Class novel: Ruby in the Smoke Literature and Literary Non-Fiction: Global Adventures Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet


Refined and divided into 10 assessment areas, Key Stage 4 aims to review and revise the key skills needed at GCSE, through a diverse yet comprehensive curriculum.  From Steinbeck to Duffy and Browning to Spielberg, English GCSE provides progress through challenge, intrigue and enjoyment.
  • AQA English – 100% Examination
  • AQA English Literature – 100% Examination


A-Level English Language and Literature requires students to read texts closely and thoughtfully and to write about those texts in a way that shows intelligent engagement and control.  Provided for those passionate about the subject, students will discuss and react; analyse and extract; rate and evaluate a range language and literature texts.
  • AQA English Language and Literature (B) – 60% Examination, 40% Coursework
  • AQA English Language & Literature (B) – 80% Examination, 20% Coursework

You can find more information about the curriculum the school is following by contacting Mr Tudor by email or calling 0151 230 2570.