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Faculty of English

English Literature and Language are highly successful courses at EBHS.  We enter all students for both subjects at GCSE, and many go on to study the subject at A-level and beyond.  The department has a good examination record at GCSE with 74% of all Year 11 achieving a 4+ in Literature and 73% achieving a 4+ in Language in 2017. 

Students are taught in mixed ability groups at the beginning of Year 7, and are then placed into ability sets onwards. The aim is to ensure that student’s needs are met in a focused environment, allowing them to make the most progress during their time at East Bergholt. Each member of the team is committed to ensuring that we:

  • Promote a love of reading and learning that lasts long after students leave East Bergholt High School.
  • Help develop an appreciation of language in all its forms.
  • Give students an access to a variety of texts from different time periods and authors.
  • Provide an opportunity to write critically and creatively.
  • Enable students access to extra-curricular opportunities to enhance learning.
  • Provide an engaging curriculum.
  • Ensure students have effective communication skills for later life.
  • Provide a safe environment in which to learn and thrive. 


At KS3, students are taught in termly instalments, allowing them time to develop a deeper understanding of the topic we have chosen. Their journey through KS3 ensures that GCSE skills are covered and assessed, giving us a good indication of their progression. The syllabus at KS3 is as follows:

  • Year 7 - Introduction to Reading and Writing, Cultural Poetry, Language Preparation (Progress Test), and Introduction to Shakespeare.
  • Year 8 - War Literature, Short Stories, Language Preparation (Progress Test), Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
  • Year 9 - The Literature Novel, Non-Fiction, Language Preparation (Progress Test), GCSE Poetry.

In addition, students receive one lesson a fortnight on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammer (SPaG) to ensure key exam skills are regularly visited.


Students in KS4 sit the AQA Language and Literature exam. All students will study the following texts:

  • Macbeth
  • Power and Conflict poetry
  • An Inspector Calls
  • A Christmas Carol

Students currently sit 4 mock examination papers across the two years, with in class assessments made regularly. 


Staff and Responsibilities:

The department comprises 7 full-time teachers and 1 part-time teacher:

  • Mr S Mallard  - Subject leader
  • Miss S Newman  - Second in English with responsibility for KS3
  • Mr C Burns  - Acting Headteacher
  • Ms S Andrew  - Year Leader
  • Miss A Harvey - Year Leader
  • Mrs C Schmidt - Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs N Jeffery - Teacher of English
  • Mr R Reed - Teacher of English

The department is a friendly, open and close-knit one, operating in a mutually supportive atmosphere.  We pride ourselves on our professional approach to our work and we are committed to making English a challenging, enjoyable and interesting subject for all students.