Welcome to english


English Teaching at The Orchard Centre aims to “promote high standards of Language and Literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written language and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.” (Gov.uk English programmes of study, 14.05.2014).




As many of our students transfer to the Centre late in a Key Stage, or, alternatively, because they are taught at more than one establishment, the delivery of the curriculum may be subject to change in order to accommodate the particular needs of individual students.

From September 2018, our KS4 English Curriculum will start in Year 9.  This will give our students the best possible opportunity of achieving both English Language and Literature GCSEs.  Both qualifications are demanding in their own right and students will commence their study of the set Literature texts on entry to Year 9 in preparation for their Literature examination at the end of Year 10.  They will then focus their attentions on English Language in Year 11.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum


Year 9 & 10 Literature Content

  • Shakespeare
  • Pre 20Century Novel
  • Post-1914 Drama
  • Poetry Anthology and Unseen Poetic Study
  • Independent reading and class readings of texts
  • Discrete lessons to develop functional English, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • Exam Skills

Year 11

  • Fiction Texts
  • Non Fiction Texts
  • Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Discrete lessons to develop functional English skills, i.e. Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.


 Levels of Entry


  • All students are entered for Functional Skills Examinations at appropriate levels.
  • Most students are entered for GCSE English Language and English Literature.