Curriculum Intent 

At The Eastbourne Academy, we believe that our English curriculum is the gateway to success in all other subjects, as fluency in the language is essential for educational success. More than that, through the study of literature, our pupils are exposed to the human experience, learning about the complexities of the world and the beauty and power of language. By developing pupils' skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, we equip them with the tools to communicate their ideas and emotions effectively, empowering them to participate fully in society.  

Our curriculum intent for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy, to develop a love of literature through widespread reading, and to ensure that every pupil acquires a wide vocabulary, understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions. By doing so, we provide our students with cultural capital and prepare them to be confident, independent, kind and happy individuals with a passion for learning, who are ready to fulfil their true potential and contribute positively to the world.


Curriculum Information


All students in KS3 will study: a novel or modern play, a Shakespearean play and a range of poetry. Students, through their study of literature, will learn to analyse language and structure, and to write literature essays.

Each year of KS3, students will develop their creative and non-fiction writing skills across a range of forms and genres. Students will develop their speaking and listening skills through conversation, drama, speech and debate.



Identity Poetry

Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo

Frankenstein - Phillip Pullman

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare



Dracula - adapted by David Calcutt

War Poetry

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare



Refugee Boy - Benjamin Zephaniah

Poetry Through the Ages

Macbeth - William Shakespeare



All students will study English Literature and English Language. Our exam board is AQA.


English Literature:

Modern text: Animal Farm - George Orwell

19th Century text: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

Poetry Anthology: Love and Relationships Anthology

Shakespearean Play: The Merchant of Venice 


English Language:

Language Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing (fiction and creative writing)

Language Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives (non-fiction reading and writing)



The English department offers a range of enrichment opportunities. Currently, we are running National Teen Book Club and a creative writing club - both on a Wednesday after school. Students are also encouraged to submit their writing to a range of writing competitions.