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Welcome to the English department. In this section of the website, you will find important information for the department as well as some useful links to our curriculum page. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Meet the department

Miss Aston – Head of Department -
Mrs Panait – 2iC English – 
Mrs Samworth – KS5 Co-ordinator -
Mr Osborne - Intervention Co-ordinator -
Miss Rubio – Teacher of English -
Miss Neville – Teacher of English -
Mr Kelly – Teacher of English – 
Mr McLintock – Head of Year 8 -
Miss Mohan – Head of Sixth Form -
Mrs Perkins – Assistant Headteacher -
Mr McDonnell – Assistant Headteacher -
Miss Goodwin – Deputy Headteacher - 



Within English, homework will be set on a weekly basis by the class teacher. Students will be able to find this on Classcharts and should have written the task and deadline in their planner. 

We use Seneca, which is an online subject specific question-based platform, and Educake, which is an online homework platform which links directly to the exam boards that we teach at KS4. As your child moves into KS4, homework will begin to incorporate exam practice questions to prepare them for sitting their GCSE. 

If your child is unable to access homework online, please ensure that the department are aware so that accessible homework can be set for your child.

Seneca Learning -
Educake -

Equipment and Resources

department praise and recognition

In English, we strive to acknowledge our students' successes. Students will experience reward and recognition through the school newsletter, postcards and letters home as well as through our subject's Twitter page - @English_Newman


Year 7 and 8 Recommended Reading List
Year 9 Recommended Reading List
Year 10 and 11 Recommended Reading List
Year 12 and 13 Recommended Reading List

A Level Vocabulary Bank
KS3 Recommended Vocabulary
KS4 Recommended Vocabulary

Upcoming Events

Thursday 5th October 2023 – National Poetry Day 

Thursday 7th March 2024 – World Book Day 

Thursday 21st March 2024 – World Poetry Day 

Tuesday 2nd April 2024 – International Children’s Book Day 

Thursday 2nd May 2024 – Harry Potter Day 

Extracurricular opportunities in English

English Extra-Curricular Activities: September 2022 – February 2023

An Inspector Calls Trip

On Wednesday 30th November 2022, we took 150 students from Year 11 (and some from Year 10) to the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham to see An Inspector Calls, which is one of our GCSE English Literature set texts. We were so proud of how wonderful you all were, and an amazing time was had by all!



A Christmas Carol Trip

On Thursday 14th December 2022, 90 Year 11’s went to the RSC in Stratford upon Avon to see A Christmas Carol (another GCSE English Literature set text). Lots of fun was had by all students’ and staff. Our students were excellent ambassadors of CNCS and it was lovely way to get into the Christmas spirit!



Shakespeare in Action Workshop

On Tuesday 31st January, Year 8 were visited by Shakespeare in Action. This involved a workshop with a professional actor who taught the students’ the importance of Shakespeare, but in a fun way! Students re-enacted a key scene from Romeo and Juliet and we hope that they took lots of inspiration and knowledge from the workshop. The English Department can’t wait to teach you the play now in the summer term! 🎭💚​


Key stage 4 information

We use the exam board Eduqas for GCSE English Language and Literature. Students are Cardinal Newman will sit their GCSE English Language exam in Year 10 and then complete their GCSE English Literature in Year 11. 

You will find links to the exam board's specification and recommended revision materials below:

GCSE English Language  -

GCSE English Literature  -

Revision Materials


Key stage 5 information

We offer two English A Levels at CNCS:

  • English Literature
  • English Language and Literature

You will find the links to Edexcel's A Level specification and recommended revision materials below.

English Literature -

English Language and Literature -

Revision Materials


Careers in English

Careers in English

The English Department strives to prepare students for life after school! We believe it’s invaluable that students are inundated with a range of skills that will help them to be successful after they leave us. Some of the things we do are:

  • Careers focused sessions at each key stage
  • Topics dedicated to ‘professional communication’
  • Help students develop team working skills, communication skills, resilience skills, organisational skills and extended writing skills
  • Debate style topics that allow students to explore real life issues that will affect them once they leave CNCS
  • Wider reading on all topics covered in English
  • Use ‘real world’ scenarios in lessons for context


As well as this, students are made aware of careers paths that English can take them down. Having a English degree can open up many different routes for students, such as:

  • Digital copywriter
  • Editorial assistant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine journalist
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Private tutor
  • Publishing copy-editor/proof-reader
  • Web content manager
  • Writer
  • Academic librarian
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Archivist
  • Arts administrator
  • Education consultant
  • Information officer
  • Learning mentor
  • Media researcher
  • Records manager
  • Social media manager

This list is not exhaustive and is ever-changing. Having an English degree or some form of education in English opens up so many routes for students.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s English teacher.


Mission Statement

For more information on our curriculum intent and implementation, click on the link below

Link to English curriculum page