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Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11


"Our aim is to ensure that all pupils are engaged, enjoy and are successful in English." -

Mrs S Turner, 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. 


Student Feedback

"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!"

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • 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

Useful Websites

BBC Bitesize


Examinations being taken from 2017 onwards:

For specimen papers for the new English Language curriculum, please click here.  ( http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/assessment-resources  )

For specimen papers for the new English Literature curriculum, please click here.  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/assessment-resources

Our Staff

  • Mrs S Turner (Faculty Leader)
  • Miss D Keenan (Faculty Leader)
  • Miss S Booth (Literacy Co-Ordinator)
  • Mr O Holmes (Pupil Progress Coordinator)
  • Mr L Davies
  • Mr D Green
  • Mrs L Hallworth
  • Miss L Hayes

 To find out more about the subject and course options please contact admin@thebarlowrchigh.co.uk