The English Department occupies a suite of teaching rooms and is fully staffed with eight full time teachers.  All rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards.  Extra-curricular activities take place throughout the year.

English KS3

English KS3 Long-Term Plan

Year 7



Healthy Eating and the Media

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Creative Writing


Year 8


War Poetry

Animal Rights

Creative Writing



Year 9


Sport and Media


Creative Writing and Writing to Present a Viewpoint

Romeo and Juliet

Of Mice and Men

English KS4

Year 10

An Inspector Calls
A Christmas Carol
English Language Paper 1 – Section A:  Reading
English Language Paper 1 – Section B:  Writing
English Language Paper 2 – Section A:  Reading
English Language Paper 2 – Section B:  Writing
Pre-Public Exam – English Language Paper 2
Spoken Language

Year 11 

Unseen Poetry
Pre-Public Exams Revision
Pre-Public Exams -  English Language Paper 1

                                    Literature Paper 1

                                    Literature Paper 2

Power and Conflict Poetry
GCSE Exam Revision Period
Summer Exams –  English Language

                               English Literature


      Year 6 Transition



Sherwood Park

As part of the Penhill Trust, and to aid the transition from primary to secondary education, fourteen Year 6 pupils from Sherwood Park Primary School (who are future Hurstmere pupils) were invited to Hurstmere School.

They participated in an English lesson led by Miss Bradley, which gave them an authentic understanding of what to expect in secondary school.

The pupils studied how to write descriptively at Key Stage 3 level. 

The students were enthusiastic and hard-working.