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High School


During the Foundation stage of the Kingsbury Curriculum (Year 7 and Year 8), students are introduced to a variety of texts from different genres, encouraging students to nurture broad and balanced viewpoints and to develop the skills needed for the Examination Stage.

Students have four English lessons a week, including one designated literacy lesson solely focused on spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension skills. The faculty also runs a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ programme, aimed at making reading a part of the daily diet for every Kingsbury High School student.

In Year 9, students prepare for their GCSEs by exploring several key texts from the literary canon, including modern plays, poetry and Shakespeare. They also work on their essay writing and planning skills, as well as creative writing.

In Year 10 students embark on their GCSEs. These are assessed at the end of Year 11 and are 100% exam-based, with no coursework element. Students in Year 10 and Year 11 will undertake the study of two separate qualifications:  English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE. The examination board is AQA.

The Year 10 and 11 curriculum aims to promote our students’ ability to explore more challenging 19th century fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as aiming to encourage a love of literature and reading.

We offer A-Levels in English Language and English Literature (both Edexcel). At 6th Form, students are in smaller class groups with specialist teachers. A-Level Literature texts include ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Frankenstein’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘Hamlet’, and modern and Romantic poetry. Students will also write an extended coursework essay on texts of their choice.

A-Level English Language includes the study of how children acquire language and an in-depth language investigation, looking at the effects of different factors (such as gender) on language use. Students will also complete and analyse their own original writing as part of their coursework.