Fairfield High School


      Communication is critical in all aspects of life; the ability to express oneself both orally and on paper is absolutely essential. No matter what you want to do in life, English can help you succeed.

      The English Faculty is made up of 10 English teachers and a Learning Mentor who supports students solely with their English and literacy needs. Within the team, we have a Lead Practitioner and a Coordinator for each Key Stage who all work alongside the Director of Study to lead the Faculty. We also work closely with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator and the Assistant Director of Special Needs who has responsibility for supporting the progress of students in literacy.

      The curriculum at Key Stage 3 has been carefully designed to link with the requirements of the GCSE English Literature and English Language specification – everything the girls study from Year 7 onwards will help students to prepare for their English studies at Key Stage 4. However, this is not to say that the curriculum is not varied. On the contrary, students will write articles, stories, poems, letters and much more and will study the work of Shakespeare, Dickens, Armitage, Duffy and Browning but to name a few, as well as a range of modern dramatists and novelists.

      At Key Stage 4, the girls will continue to hone their writing skills in preparation for the English Language exam, focussing specifically on points of view writing and narrative and descriptive writing. They will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Century. During the two year course, they will read a modern drama or novel, a 19th century novel, a Shakespeare play and study a collection of poetry.

      Our main aim in the English Faculty is to provide high quality learning and teaching. Our wish is that every girl leaves Fairfield having gained the highest level of qualifications and feeling proud of their achievements.


      Year 7 Curriculum:

      Autobiography (A Scheme of Learning based on autobiographical and narrative writing)

      War Poetry

      Introduction to 19th Century Fiction

      Introduction to Shakespeare

      Charity (A Scheme of Learning based on non-fiction writing)

      Modern Novel


      Year 8 Curriculum:

      Dracula (play)

      Narrative Writing

      Much Ado About Nothing

      Poetry (A Scheme of Learning unseen skills in preparation for GCSE)

      Points of View Writing

      Modern Novel


      Year 9 Curriculum:

      Speeches (A Scheme of Learning based on non-fiction speeches)

      A Christmas Carol

      Creative Writing (based on the dystopic genre)

      Love and Relationships Poetry (From the GCSE anthology)

      Romeo and Juliet


      Year 10 Curriculum:

      An Inspector Calls

      Romeo and Juliet

      A Christmas Carol

      Love and Relationships Poetry

      Unseen Poetry


      Year 11 Curriculum:

      An Inspector Calls

      Romeo and Juliet

      A Christmas Carol

      Love and Relationships Poetry

      Unseen Poetry

      Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

      Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

      Spoken Language Assessment


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