Year 9 Take On Shakespeare "CHECKING OUT ME POETRY!"

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.

Year 7 Super Curriculum Year 10 Super Curriculum
Year 8 Super Curriculum Year 11 Super Curriculum
Year 9 Super Curriculum GCSE Recommended Reading List with non-fiction

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





In February, Year 11  pupils attended the GCSE Poetry Live event at the Apollo Theatre, Victoria.

Against the surreal backdrop of the musical ‘Wicked’, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, as well as Owen Sheers and Imtiaz Dharker read out some of their poetry and participated in a short question and answer session with the pupils. Oxford University’s Professor of Poetry, Simon Armitage then delivered a variety of his work along with his usual amusing anecdotes, explaining his influences and many of the ideas behind his poems which are in the AQA GCSE Anthology. Each poet also discussed how certain writers had influenced their own creations.

The AQA examiner also took to the stage and gave a masterclass in “how to achieve a Level 4, or above, in your English GCSE.” He took the pupils through an essay, explaining what the examiners are looking for in a pupil response to poetry. The Hurstmere boys furiously scribbled down notes which will hopefully aid them in their revision and success in June!

The star of the show was, as always, John Agard. Greeted like a rock star by the pupils, his enthusiasm for and joy of writing poetry is infectious and he had everybody in the audience clapping and shouting along to his poetry.  A very worthwhile day!

K. MacKenzie-Ingle


Year 9 Take On Shakespeare

In March, 40 Year 9 pupils took a coach up to London to see a production of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy: “Romeo and Juliet”. All Year 9 pupils study this play during the summer term, so it was an opportunity to see the Bard’s famous lines come to life.

We had standing tickets, meaning we were essentially getting the same view as the Elizabethan groundlings, who paid one penny for the privilege of seeing a play in the early 17th century. This meant we were exposed to the elements as The Globe famously has an open roof.

During the play it did start to drizzle at points, however, the production was so engrossing it didn’t matter. Seeing the play performance by such a talented young cast definitely inspired our students, particularly the performance by Ned Derrington as Mercutio, who played the part with verve and cadence.

Despite the rain and standing for the entire 90 minute long performance, our boys’ behaviour was exemplary and they really did us proud. We hope this experience instils a love of Shakespeare and theatre in our pupils. Well done Year 9!

      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.