"Our aim is to ensure that all
pupils are engaged, enjoy and are successful in English."
Miss D Keenan, Faculty Leader
The English Faculty at The Barlow
work hard to ensure that all pupils can access the curriculum and
achieve success. We teach and assess pupils' reading,
writing, speaking and listening skills throughout both key
stages. Pupils are encouraged to learn independently, in
pairs and in groups during English lessons. Our highly
skilled teachers use Drama, film, visual aids, discussion and
various interesting and engaging texts to ensure that all pupils
can achieve. Furthermore, we believe that reading is central to
English achievement and therefore Year 7 and 8 are timetabled to
use the Learning Resource Centre once a fortnight.
For the Curriculum Breakdown for English please:
Click here for
Year 7,8,9 and 10
for Year 11
"I enjoy English because the
teachers are friendly and want the best for us."
"I enjoy English because
we get to do lots of practical and fun lessons!"
- National Mock Trial Competition
- Regular Competitions including Mini Sagas, The Poetry Games,
Spine Chillers etc.
- Premier Stars Reading Club
- Newspaper Club
- Let's Think In English Group
- London Trip
- Theatre Visits
- Book Week activities
- Poetry workshops
- Poet visits
- Didsbury Arts Festival Events
Examinations being taken in 2016
For past papers for English Language, please click here.
For past papers for English Literature, please click here.
Examinations being taken from 2017 onwards:
For specimen papers for the new English Language curriculum,
please click here. (
For specimen papers for the new English Literature curriculum,
please click here.
- Mrs S Turner (Faculty Leader)
- Miss D Keenan (Faculty Leader)
- Miss J Smith (Literacy Co-Ordinator)
- Mr O Holmes (Pupil Progress Coordinator)
- Mr L Davies
- Mr D Green
- Mrs L Hallworth
- Miss L Hayes
- Mrs A Mallon
To find out more about the subject and course options