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English Language

We aim to provide Trinity students with an English curriculum that challenges and inspires. We want to support students to write accurately, imaginatively and persuasively. It is also vital that they can read a range of texts with increasing confidence, understanding what’s obvious and unlocking what’s hidden. 

Trinity’s English Department is highly experienced. Our team includes a lead examiner, as well as experienced GCSE and A Level teachers. We’re passionate about teaching engaging lessons in a disciplined but caring environment, helping your child fulfil their potential. 

From Y7, we offer students a blend of experiences. In terms of Shakespeare we cover ‘Hamlet’ (Y7) and ‘Macbeth’ (Y9). Students will also study poetry, novels and short stories. We also provide rigorous, thought provoking units on real-world topics, such as British Politics – a unit focusing on non-fiction reading and writing skills. As well as this, we run a creative writing competition. Finally, students are given opportunities to hone their speaking and listening skills, from learning Shakespearean soliloquies to writing their own speeches. 

It’s important that our students are given the skills and knowledge needed to achieve highly at GCSEs and beyond. It’s also vital that we foster the curiosity and empathy they’ll need throughout their entire life. 

From Y10, students begin their GCSEs: 

  • English Language 

  • English Literature 

Following the Eduqas specification (Y11) and AQA (current Y10), English Language offers students multiple opportunities to hone their reading and writing skills. They will analyse unseen extracts from novels, read challenging articles from different eras, write imaginative stories, as well as compose speeches, articles, letters and reports. As part of this, students will complete a spoken language assessment, composing and performing a speech in front of an audience of their peers. 

In Literature, students will grapple with myriad poems – exploring topics from WW1 to the beauty of the Lake District. They’ll learn about with key movements in poetry, particularly romanticism. Students will also study Shakespeare’s Macbeth (current Y11) and Romeo and Juliet (current Y10). 

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What next? Careers with English 

English is enormously important subject. Given its emphasis on literacy and public speaking, it provides important foundations for almost every career imaginable. It is also a valuable starting point for careers in academia, journalism, lexicography, marketing, media, public relations, publishing, teaching, plus web and social media content generation.