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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Learning without limits


English is an integral part of life and developing a student’s communication skills so that they can think and articulate ideas at a high level. We have three clear focuses for English: fluency, currency and accuracy. We want our students to be fluent readers, writers, speakers and listeners. We want our students to have the currency and knowledge to understand complex and demanding reading materials, relationships and situations. We want our students to be accurate in all their reading and writing so that they can succeed and understand things correctly. To ensure this, we study a wide breadth of literature with the idea of fostering a love for reading and a love for English literature.


At Saint John Houghton CVA all students in Year 7 to 9 will study several threads over their time with us. We explore a thread around the works of William Shakespeare and study several of his plays. We explore the novel and how it changes depending on genre. We explore the works of several seminal authors as we explore literature of the past and present. Whilst students study these threads, we regularly practise writing and work on learning new vocabulary to support and supplement their knowledge and understanding.


At GCSE we follow the AQA English Literature and AQA English Language Specification. This allows those students who continue to study English, the opportunity to develop their core knowledge of the subject and acquire a greater depth of English Language and Literature. This includes developing the higher order of analysis, contextual and thematic understanding, preparing our students for KS5 English Literature and English Language.