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Curriculum intent

The English Department at Cardinal Newman Catholic School aims to foster a love of language and literature and enable students to become reflective readers, skilled writers, confident speakers and creative thinkers.

We encourage students to become independent readers and to read for pleasure as well as developing skills in comprehension, analysis, evaluation and knowledge of a range of poetry, drama and prose texts. Furthermore, we strive to develop accomplished writers who are able to exercise a creative flare and adapt their writing for different purposes, audiences and forms. Additionally, we aim to empower students with the confidence and ability to express themselves fluently through regular opportunities for discussion, debate and speaking and listening whilst building on their own experiences and developing their cultural capital to inform their own views and ideas.

Through exposing students to a range of genres and forms as well as encountering key figures from the literary cannon, students are able to develop an awareness of our rich and diverse literary heritage, leaving CNCS with an appreciation of the power of Language and Literature and equipped with the literacy skills needed for all their future pathways.


Exam Boards

GCSE English Language – Eduqas –

GCSE English Literature – Eduqas –

A Level English Language and Literature – Edexcel –

A Level English Literature – Edexcel –


Link to English department page


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