Hellesdon High School


Welcome to Hellesdon High School's English Department!

Our aim is to support all of our students to achieve the very best that they are able to in terms of their reading, writing and self-expression. The department is staffed by ten teachers, all of whom are subject specialists. All our classrooms are equipped with visualisers, digital projectors and A/V equipment. iPads are available for use in lesson time and we make regular use of the school's excellent library.

English is a popular subject and we are pleased to offer students the opportunity to study Literature and Language & Literature at A-Level.




English at Key Stage 4

The department delivers two statutory qualifications at Key Stage 4. Please click on the items below for more information.

AQA GCSE English Literature - 2 exams, no coursework

PAPER 1  - Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel (1 hour 45 minutes) (64 marks):
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare (34 marks)
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (30 marks)

PAPER 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry (2 hours 15 minutes)  (96 marks)
An Inspector Calls – J.B. Priestley (34 marks)
Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology – Various (30 marks)
Unseen Poetry (32 marks)

AQA GCSE English Language - 2 exams, no coursework

Paper 1 – Explorations in creative reading and writing (1 hour 45 minutes) (80 marks)
Paper 2 Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives (1 hour 45 minutes) (80 marks)


English at Key Stage 5

The department currently offers two A-Levels for study at Sixth Form

Edexcel A-Level English Literature (9ET0) - 3 exams, 1 coursework essay

Component 1: Drama – two texts
Othello, and A Streetcar Named Desire

Component 2: Prose – two texts
Dracula and Beloved

Component 3: Poetry - various
Geoffery Chaucer a poetry anthology

A comparison of 2 core texts , e.g. two dystopian novels

EdExcel GCE English Language & Literature (9EL0): 2 exam, one coursework project

Component (exam) 1: 40% of A-Level

Study one anthology of non-fiction texts

Study one drama text (currently A Streetcar Named Desire, but subject to change)

Component (exam) 2: 40% of A-Level

A wide range of non-fiction texts, related to a defined theme (e.g. Loss, Journeys etc.)

A comparative study of 2 fiction texts

NEA (coursework): 20% of A-Level

2 pieces of original writing - one fiction, one non-fiction - and a reflective analysis.

Approximately 3500 words.