English and Media

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At the Marlborough School the English Department is proud to offer all students a rich, ambitious and diverse curriculum. The English Curriculum builds on prior knowledge and skills to provide students with a strong command of written and spoken English, as well as instilling a love of literature and reading.

All students will experience a carefully sequenced curriculum that builds on their understanding of genre and literary conventions. They will understand the historical, cultural, social, political and economic contexts of our texts and be able to write clearly, accurately and coherently about their texts. They will be taught core vocabulary in an explicit way in order to enhance their written and spoken expression and will be inspired to think deeply about complex ideas that are the heart of what it is to be human.

Curriculum Map

Each KS3 unit of work is linked to the Unit Overview which specifies core knowledge, vocabulary and forms of assessment. 

GCSE and A level courses are linked to the relevant exam board specification. 

Year Group

Unit of Work


The Odyssey

The Gothic

Macbeth - Shakespeare


Animal Farm - George Orwell

Fighting for Freedom: Speeches and Poetry

The Tempest -Shakespeare


Short Stories

Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



English Language Specification

Jekyll and Hyde - Stevenson

Language Paper 1: Fiction

Power and Conflict Poetry

Language Paper 2: Non-Fiction


English Literature Specification

Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare

An Inspector Calls - Priestley

Power and Conflict Poetry



A level English Lit Specification

Crime genre: 

  • Unseen texts

  • Atonement - McEwan 

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Coleridge 

King Lear - Shakespeare

Tragedy genre

Death of a Salesman - Miller

King Lear - Shakespeare


Death of a Salesman

Prose Coursework

Death of a Salesman & Prose Coursework

King Lear (whole text question)

Poetry Coursework



Departmental Team

Miss N Banks

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