Our primary aim is to ensure that all students enjoy achieving to the best of their abilities in English.  Lessons aim to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which students use English broadly, effectively and accurately in its spoken and written forms.

Our new Key Stage Three curriculum has been designed to encourage a love of reading and to prepare students for the challenges of the new GCSE course. The Year 7 course consists of study of ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gainman, ‘The Tempest’ and a poetry unit as well as units on non-fiction (based on the theme of Titanic) and autobiography. The Year 8 course includes a modern novel (‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan), Gothic Horror, a poetry unit, a drama texts unit and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. In Year 9, students will study ‘The Woman in Black’ by Susan Hill, poetry from other cultures, ‘Educating Rita’ by Willy Russell, GCSE writing skills and begin  their GCSE course through the study of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

At GCSE, students study the new English Language and English Literature courses, following the AQA syllabus, resulting in two grades from 1 to 9. Both qualifications are weighted at 100% examination at the end of Year 11. Students will sit two Language exams and two Literature exams. During the course, students will be exposed to a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction, including writings from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. They will also study a poetry anthology based on the theme of ‘Power and Conflict’.

The English Department is housed over five fully-equipped classrooms in the heart of the school. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities. 


Mrs A Nethersell-Webb (Head of English)

Mrs C Halls (Literacy Co-ordinator and Teacher of English)

Mrs Z Cullen 

Mrs N Hanner

Mrs E Barber

Miss M McClean

Acle Academy, South Walsham Road, Acle, Norwich, NR13 3ER.  

Contact details are: T 01493 750431 -  E info@acle.norfolk.sch.uk

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