Up Holland High School’s English department is extremely successful with a dedicated and enthusiastic team of teachers and specialist support staff. Our students are supported and encouraged to achieve their potential through innovative and creative teaching.

English at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to develop their skills in the three main areas of the Curriculum: (i) Reading, (ii) Writing and (iii) Speaking and Listening. Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils develop into creative, reflective and independent learners through a range of different learning and teaching strategies which will in turn fully prepare them for the demands of the GCSE syllabus.

Pupils have access to a wide range of literature including texts by many well-known authors such as Charles Dickens and Michael Morpurgo. In Years 7 and 9 the students study Shakespeare in addition to a range of poetry from different eras.

Pupils learn to develop their writing skills by studying different styles of writing including short stories, persuasive texts and newspapers. In addition, they are also introduced to new spelling strategies and work on punctuation and grammar to improve their literacy skills. Students enjoy having the opportunity to enhance their communication and creative skills through Speaking and Listening and drama based activities.


At Up Holland High school, the English department believe that fostering a love of literature is vital to the success of our students. We have forged links with West Lancashire library service to ensure that students at Key Stage 3 have access to a range of web-based reading material, e- books and online encyclopaedias to assist students’ research skills in all subjects.

Students at KS3 are offered support with reading through the use of the Lexia Reading program, students on the program can access the software both in school and at home to support independent learning. The English department also uses Successmaker software to offer support for readers.

English at Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 pupils follow the WJEC syllabus in English Language and English Literature. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most important subjects students will undertake and can open the door to a range of careers and opportunities in life.

In English Language pupils are assessed by a combination of examination and controlled assessment carried out over the period of two years. They have the opportunity to develop their writing skills further; writing short stories, descriptions, newspaper articles and letters to name a few. In addition to this they are challenged by a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, testing their reading skills. Furthermore, in GCSE English Language pupils are given the opportunity to assess Spoken Language, looking at the ways people use language and speech.

In English Literature pupils are assessed by a combination of examination and controlled assessment. They study texts (plays, poetry and prose) from a variety of different eras, ranging from Shakespeare, the classics, texts from different cultures and more modern plays and novels.

If you want to find out more about the courses at GCSE visit www.wjec.co.uk

Extra Curricular English events…

Pupils may want to get involved in some of the extra-curricular activities the English department organise. We encourage students to participate in the annual Readathon and World Book Day events. Students enter the BBC Radio 2 500 words competition in addition to a range of writing and poetry competitions. The English department organise a range of events and excursions both inside and outside school; we support the charity Disabled Dogs trust and have had visits from speakers, we have organised theatre trips and revision days at local colleges for students to prepare for their GCSE exams.