Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College
An Outstanding Catholic School




Welcome to the English Department


The English department is a committed team of teachers who strive to inspire students with a high regard for literature. We consistency have high expectations of the girls and their work. The students find our curriculum and passion for literature enriching and our girls repeatedly compete robustly with all students nationally.



Miss A Abdi (English Teacher)

Miss E Burgess (Leader of Performing Arts)

Ms M. Di Lullo (Curriculum Leader)

Dr. D. Espinosa (English Teacher with responsibility for literacy)

Miss C Gardiner (Drama and English teacher)

Miss F. Habtom (English Teacher)

Miss L. Hodgson (2nd in Department)

Mrs R. Kosmin (English Teacher with responsibility for whole school literacy)

Mrs E Owen (English Teacher)

Mrs. D Peppiat (Deputy Headteacher)

Mr D O'Sullivan (English Teacher)



KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 Curriculum


Dickensian characters


Students explore a range of Dickensian villains to inspire their own description of a villainous character.


Report Writing: Lamb to the Slaughter / Harlesden Robbery


Students will use the events of Dahl’s story to inform their own newspaper reports.


‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


Students will explore how Shakespeare presents difficult relationships.



‘A Christmas Carol’ / The character of Scrooge


Students analyse how Dickens creates his infamous character Scrooge.



Poetry from different cultures


Students will analyse how poets present their feelings about their cultural identity.


Spelling Bee


Students enter the competitive spirit of the Spelling Bee challenge and try to beat the English teachers in their speciality!


Year 8 Curriculum


Victorian Reading


Students analyse how Dickens creates atmosphere in his short story ‘The Signalman’


Katie Hopkins / Writing to argue


Students learn how to explore key points in an argument and address them with a crafted, charismatic response.


Parent-Child Poetry


Students analyse poetry that explores emotions in parent child relationships. The poetry includes pre-twentieth century poets.




Gothic Writing


Students create their own Gothic setting and their own Gothic characters.



‘Romeo and Juliet’


Students analyse how Shakespeare presents Juliet’s relationship with her parents.


Poetry Slam

Students are encouraged to develop their own voice. The focus is to build confidence, voice projection and persuasive intonation.



Key Stage 4 curriculum


We aim to provide an appropriate curriculum for students. Having studied: Conan Doyle’s ‘The Speckled Band’, how to explore and respond to controversial statements and how to compare poems (with a focus on Love Poetry), Students are tested in Year 9 to ensure that the are placed on one of two pathways which is best suited to them.


The majority of our students will sit two GCSES in Year 11: English Literature and English Language (following the AQA curriculum). For some of our students, they will sit the English Language GCSE only in Year 11 and will work towards an accredited Language certificate in year 10.


The English Language GCSE consists of 2 examination papers. For each paper, Section A focuses on reading of unseen texts and Section B focuses on the ability to produce extended writing. For further details please see AQA’s specification.


The English Literature GCSE consists of 2examination papers. For paper 1 we study Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. For Paper 2 we study Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ and a selection of poetry based on the theme of power and conflict. For further details please see AQA’s specification:



Key Stage 5 curriculum


AQA English Literature B Course Content


Year 12  Literary Genres Aspects of Tragedy

•             Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’

•             Selection of Keats’ poetry

•             Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’

Questions Section A: one passage based question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section B: one essay question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section C: one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

Exam: 2 hours 30 mins (40%) No books allowed in the examination


Year 13:

  1. Texts and Genres Elements of Crime Writing

•             Agatha Christie’s ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’;

•             Kate Atkinson’s ‘When Will There Be Good News’

•             a selection of pre-1914 poetry

Questions Section A: one compulsory question on an unseen passage (25 marks)

Section B: one essay question on set text (25 marks)

Section C: one essay question which connects two texts (25 marks)

Exam: 3 hours (40%) Clean copies of books will be allowed in the examination


  1. Non-exam assessment: Theory and Independence

Two separate essays which explore two texts (one poetry and one prose) which need to be studied and read independently. Each essay should be 1,250–1,500 words and explore a Feminist and a Marxist interpretation.