A literate person is someone who can communicate effectively with others, using reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. As a result of having these skills, the literate person can use language to think, explore, organise and communicate. Literacy, then, is about an individual’s ability to function in society, including the learning environment of school. Learning talks place through language and it is imperative to acknowledge that literacy is an important element in providing equal opportunities for all pupils.


In line with National Curriculum demands, students at Key Stage Three will focus on improving their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students are taught in sets so that each student is challenged and helped to reach his/her ability using appropriate resources. As part of the Key Stage Three syllabus in English, every student in Years 7-9 should have fortnightly private reading lessons.



  • To foster a reading habit and interest in books
  • To improve reading skills
  • To develop students’ comprehension and response to texts
  • To broaden students’ reading tastes and interests to enhance students’ vocabulary and their language acquisition
  • To enhance students’ vocabulary and their language acquisition
  • Develop Speaking and Listening skills through role-play and discussions
  • To read Shakespeare plays in their entirety and develop students understanding of the language
  • To read and re-read a range of texts, each time delving further into improving interpretations of the text and finding hidden or abstract meanings.


Assessment is continuous throughout the course and a formal assessment is set at the end of every module. All students are made aware of their levels of achievement in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening and how to make progress towards the next level.


Students are currently studying Cambridge IGCSE First Language English (0522) as it encompasses and empowers all students into achieving the highest standards to strive to acquire.

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English is designed for learners whose first language is English. Within this course, learners develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.

The examination is made up of three parts: speaking and listening (20% of the overall grade), coursework (40 of the overall grade) and a final examination (40% of the overall grade). There are two levels in the examination. The extended paper, which allows students to get A*-E grade and the core paper which allows students to get a C-G grade. The extended paper lasts two hours and the core one hour and forty five minutes.